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Posted: January 31 2011 at 1:38pm
Shots available as flu cases spike
January 31, 2011
The Kansas Department of Health and Environment says the number of influenza cases are increasing and that flu shots still are available.
Reports of flu-like illnesses from across the state have led KDHE to report flu activity to be widespread, a news release said. In additional to the H1N1 virus, strains of influenza A and B also are circulating.
KDHE secretary Robert Moser said February is when “we typically see the peak” in flu cases.
“It is not too late to get a flu shot,” Moser said in the news release. “Getting vaccinated is the best way to protect yourself, and those around you, from getting influenza and potentially becoming sick for a week or longer.”
KDHE urges everyone ages 6 months and older to get a seasonal vaccine.
Getting a flu shot should be a priority for those at a high risk of developing serious influenza complications, the news release said. Those at high risk include young children; pregnant women; people with such chronic health conditions as asthma, diabetes or heart and lung disease; and people ages 65 years and older.
Influenza is a highly contagious respiratory illness, and its symptoms include sudden onset of fever, sore throat, muscle aches and nonproductive cough.
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