KDHE: 3 flu deaths so far this season in Kansas

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WICHITA, Kan. — The Kansas Department of Health and Environment is reporting three flu deaths so far this season.

The KDHE is not releasing names or locations of those who have died, but say all three are older adults.

The flu is currently classified as widespread in Kansas. Cases are still on the rise across the state, and the KDHE doesn't think it's peaked yet.

Symptoms of the flu include fever higher than 100.4 degrees, dry cough, sore throat, nasal congestion, body aches, fatigue and weakness

The spread of flu can be prevented by getting a flu vaccination, washing your hands, coughing and sneezing into your elbow (not your hands) and staying home if you become ill.

The KDHE says it's not too late to get vaccinated.

In the Wichita area, the Sedgwick County Health Department currently provides free flu shots to uninsured adults age 19 and older, uninsured children ages 18 and younger and children with state-sponsored insurance plans such as Medicaid, Amerigroup, UnitedHealthcare or Sunflower. A sliding fee scale is also available for children who qualify.

Those who qualify can visit the department's clinic at 2716 W. Central in Wichita. Hours are 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Wednesday, noon to 6:30 p.m. on Thursdays and 8 to 11:30 a.m. on Fridays.

If you don't qualify for a free flu vaccination, you're urged to visit your primary care physician or neighborhood pharmacy. Visit www.flu.gov for more information.

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