Sedgwick County reports first flu cases

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WICHITA, Kan. (KAKE) -

It appears the flu season has arrived early in Sedgwick County. 

The Sedgwick County Health Department has received reports of influenza and other respiratory viruses causing illnesses among residents.   An increase in flu cases usually starts in December.  

Symptoms of the flu start suddenly and include a fever that lasts 3-4 days, body aches, chills, tiredness, cough, and headache. The flu virus is spread from person-to-person from talking, coughing or sneezing.

You can prevent the spread of flu with these simple steps: 

  1. Get a flu shot.
  2. Wash your hands with soap and water frequently. Use hand sanitizer if soap and water are not available.
  3. Cough and sneeze into your elbow, not your hands.
  4. Avoid close contact with people who are ill.
  5. Eat healthy foods and get plenty of rest.
  6. Clean and disinfect frequently touched surfaces.
  7. Stay home if you become ill.

The SCHD Clinic at 2716 W. Central in Wichita provides no cost flu shots to uninsured adults, uninsured children, children covered under the Children’s Health Insurance Program (CHIP), and Medicaid (Aetna, Sunflower, or United Healthcare). If you do not qualify for a SCHD flu shot, visit your primary care physician or neighborhood pharmacy to receive one. Visit www.cdc.gov/flu/ for more information.

Flu shots are recommended for anyone 6 months and older, unless otherwise directed by a physician. 

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