Flu hits early in Sedgwick County

By The Active Age | September 5, 2023

The Sedgwick County Health Department has received reports of influenza (flu) among residents of Sedgwick County with no history of travel. According to a news release, in most years, the first reports of flu begin in October or November.
Flu shots are recommended in September or October for anyone 6 months and older, unless otherwise directed by a physician. Search for flu vaccine locations at www.vaccines.gov.
As of Sept. 1, the health department clinic at 2716 W. Central in Wichita had not received its seasonal supply of flu shots. The shots are anticipated to arrive in mid-September and will be offered at no cost to uninsured adults and children, and with no co-pay for children with CHIP or Medicaid/KanCare.
Symptoms of the flu start suddenly and include fever that lasts 3-4 days, body aches, chills, tiredness, cough, and headache. The flu virus is spread from person to person by mouth droplets during 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.
Visit https://www.cdc.gov/flu/ for more information about the flu and vaccination recommendations.