(TOPEKA, Kan.) — The Kansas Department of Health and Environment (KDHE) this week identified the first influenza cases of the 2011-2012 flu season in Kansas. Health officials here would like to remind Kansans that, if they’ve not already done so, they should get their yearly vaccination against influenza now.
On Dec. 21, the Kansas Health and Environmental Laboratories confirmed influenza in specimens from two adults from the same workplace in northwest Kansas. Neither patient had reported receiving an influenza vaccination. Five coworkers were also ill with symptoms of influenza.
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.
“Flu has arrived once again in the state. Although flu activity is now low, it normally rises during the holidays before peaking around February. Influenza can continue to circulate through spring, and the flu can be unpredictable,” said KDHE Secretary and State Health Officer Robert Moser, MD. “There is still time for everyone to get a flu vaccination to protect themselves, their loved ones and the community.”