TOPEKA, Kan. (KSNT) – The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention said Kansas is now seeing the highest flu activity compared to other states.
All of the states highlighted in orange or red in the map above are seeing a high number of flu cases. Kansas is one of several states seeing the highest flu activity.
Right now, there have only been four flu-related deaths, but the number of flu-like illness has gone up almost 200 cases.
“We’re seeing that the flu is really kind of kicking up right now. The flu season has really started in earnest,” said Craig Barnes, division manager for Shawnee County Health Department.
The CDC recommends that anyone six months or older receive a flu vaccine. This especially includes people at an even higher risk of getting the flu, like infants, seniors or anyone with chronic diseases, Barnes said.
Hand washing, coughing in the elbow, and staying home when sick are other ways people can avoid getting the flu, Barnes said.
Shawnee County is seeing an elevated number of flu-like illnesses when compared to last year, Barnes said. The Shawnee County Health Department is still giving flu vaccines.
The vaccine usually takes about a week for the antibiotics to begin working, Barnes said.
If you can’t tell if you have the flu or a cold, doctors said the following symptoms will indicate the flu:
- Comes on suddenly
- Sore throat
- Muscle aches
- Runny/stuffy nose
Doctors said some people may even have vomiting as one of their symptoms.
You can read more about symptoms and which states are seeing high activity levels HERE.
If you think it could be the flu, doctors said it’s better to be safe than sorry.