KDHE: Highest Flu Levels So Far This Season

by Symptom Advice on March 16, 2012

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Friday, March 9, 2012

The influenza virus has been steadily increasing in Kansas, spiking to its highest level this flu season.

The Center for Disease Control has identified flu activity in the state as widespread, reporting an outbreak in at least half of Kansas. Officials said while the number of influenza cases has remained lower than usual this year, the virus will continue to circulate through the spring.

“There is still time for people to get a flu vaccination to protect themselves, their families and the community,” said Robert Moser, Kansas Department of Health and Environment secretary.

The KDHE identified the first laboratory-confirmed influenza cases flu season on Dec. 21. Symptoms of influenza include fever, headache, extreme tiredness, dry cough, and muscle aches. Complications can include pneumonia, ear and sinus infections, and dehydration; influenza may also worsen other chronic conditions.

On average, five to 20 percent of the U.S. population contracts influenza yearly and more than 200,000 people are hospitalized with complications. Older people, pregnant women, young children, and people with certain health conditions are at high risk for serious complications. serious complications of the influenza can lead to pneumonia and even death.

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