WICHITA, Kan. -- The Sedgwick County Health Department today announced the season's first case influenza in the county.
Symptoms of the flu include fever higher than 100.4 degrees, dry cough, sore throat, nasal congestion, body aches, fatigue and weakness
The health department says 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 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.