Influenza outbreak in Kansas

January 29, 2017 - 4:08 pm
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WICHITA, Kan. – Flu season has come upon Kansas, causing more and more people to get sick. Kansas health officials report widespread influenza activity throughout many regions of the state. 

The Kansas Department of Health and Environment received reports of outbreaks in long-term care facilities, schools and daycares. 

Sedgwick County health officials say flu activity has nearly doubled in just the last week.
“When you have the flu, you know it,” says Sedgwick County health official, Chris Steward. “The symptoms include; achy body, coughing, sneezing and you may even feel really tired.” 

Symptoms of influenza include: fever, dry cough, extreme tiredness and muscle aches. Typically, the symptoms can last three days after being infected, but an individual is still contagious for up to a week after. Influenza may also worsen other chronic conditions. 

“If a person has influenza they need to stay home so they don’t spread the disease to their coworkers or to their schoolmates. Also, remember to cover your mouth with your hands or the elbow of your arm and for those that aren’t sick, stay that way by frequently washing your hands,” says Steward.

The vaccine is recommended for nearly everyone six months of age or older. Nationwide, this year’s influenza vaccine appears effective in combatting the influenza virus. 
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