Influenza reported in Northeast Kansas

Ryan Ogle

The Kansas Department of Health and Environment has confirmed the state’s first case of influenza of the 2014-15 season.

The case was reported from an unspecified clinic in Northeast Kansas.

“We don’t disclose that sort of information,” said Aimee Rosenow, KDHE’s Public Information Officer, when asked where the case was reported.

While the strain of influenza reported was not yet known, Rosenow pointed out that the majority of influenza cases reported last season were H1N1.

With flu and pneumonia responsible for more than 1,300 deaths in Kansas last season, health officials urge people to be cautious and proactive to help prevent the spread of illness.

“The first thing to do to protect yourself from getting the flu is to get the flu vaccine,” said Rosenow. “The other three things you can do is wash your hands, cover coughs and sneezes, and if you are feeling sick, just stay home and avoid contact with others.”

Symptoms to look out for include fever, dry cough, extreme tiredness and achiness.

Flu vaccinations are available for all Washburn students, staff and faculty at Student Health Services in Morgan 170. The shot is offered on a walk-in basis for $10 with Washburn ID. For more information, call 785-670-1470.