More patients with cold, flu symptoms

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Clinics and hospitals around Wichita are seeing more patients with symptoms of the cold or flu.

"We're seeing a wide variety of viruses. We're certainly seeing some cases of influenza, but also a few other cases of other respiratory viruses like parainfluenza and coronavirus," said Dr. Tom Moore of Wesley Medical Center.

So far, the number of positive flu cases at Wesley is 152, for the time period between 2017 and 2018. There were 512 between 2016 and 2017.

Moore said reports of upper respiratory viruses tend to peak in the cold winter months, but he had some bad news.

"I think it hasn't peaked. It's still ongoing," said Moore.

His advice is to prevent these illnesses is to wash your hands, use hand sanitizers, and get a flu shot.

"It's really awful. (Flu is) a terrible disease to have. Even if the vaccine is only 10-percent effective, I strongly recommend that people go get the vaccine," said Moore.

According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, influenza is widespread across the country.

You can find more information about the seasonal flu by clicking here.

For more information about the flu in Kansas, click here.

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