Tuesday, November 6, 2012
An adult in south central Kansas has a confirmed case of influenza, the first case in the state this season.
The Kansas Department of Health and Environment said the case was confirmed last week.
“Flu has arrived once again in the state. While there is little flu activity right now, flu normally rises during the holidays before peaking around February. Influenza can continue to circulate through spring, and the flu can be unpredictable,” said Robert Moser, M.D., KDHE Secretary and State Health Officer. “There is still time for everyone to get a flu vaccination to protect themselves, their loved ones and the community.”
Symptoms of influenza include fever, dry cough, extreme tiredness and muscle aches. Complications can include pneumonia, ear and sinus infections and dehydration. The flu can also worsen other chronic conditions.
During the last flu season in Kansas, the virus directly caused or contributed to more than 1,300 deaths.
Health officials say vaccine is available and recommended for for nearly everyone six months of age and older. For more information on the vaccine, contact your health care provider or county health department.
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