State officials are reminding people in at-risk groups to get vaccinated against the flu after identifying the first case of the season.
The Kansas Department of Health and Environment yesterday said the first flu case popped up in south-central Kansas. The head of the state's Immunization Program says that flu activity usually peaks around February and into spring.
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention has identified four strains of influenza circulating this year, including one that's shown some resistance to certain antiviral drugs.
Flu can lead to complications including pneumonia and death. Health officials typically suggest the elderly, children, pregnant women, health care workers and parents of young children get vaccinated.