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Do you know about the flu

Do you know about the flu?
Posted on 02/09/2017
This is the image for the news article titled Do you know about the flu?Do you know about influenza (commonly called "the flu")?  Kansas is currently listed as "high incidence" but what does that mean? 

According to the Centers for Disease Control (CDC), "the FluView report for the week ending January 28, 2017 (week 4), flu activity continues to increase and is widespread in most of the United States."  If you are interested in reading about the activity and other detailed information click on this link to view the information: 
Summary of Weekly FluView Report

From the Kansas Department of Health and Environment (KDHE), there has been a dramatic increase in reports of flu and flu-like illnesses since the first of January.  Click on this link to view a graph of flu reportings for the last three years:
Influenza Surveillance

The symptoms of the flu are body aches, coughing, sneezing, excessive tiredness and possibly a fever.  Influenza is spread by droplets that may come from an uncovered cough or a sneeze and can infect an entire room at once!  Remember to cover those coughs and sneezes!

What do you do in case you do develop the flu?  Click the link below to see what KU Medical Center recommends.

The flu and you

If your child develops a fever, please do not send them to school.  Also, a student should not return to school until they have been a full 24 hours without a fever.

Remember to please keep your children (or yourself) at home so the disease is not spread any more.  Also, practice frequent hand-washing to keep those germs from spreading!

If you would like more information, click below on the links for additional stories related to the flu.

KSN - Widespread flu activity in Kansas
KWCH - Widespread flu cases in Kansas