The Kansas Department of Health and Environment (KDHE) recently confirmed its first four influenza cases for the 2015-16 influenza season.
All four cases were first detected in a hospital in South Central Kansas. Even though there has not been widespread activity of influenza in Kansas, the state and other U.S. regions have local pockets of influenza activity.
Health professionals report the influenza vaccine for this year is a good match for the current viruses that are circulating. They recommend that adults and children 6 months old and above receive the vaccine.
Experts in the medical industry maintain that influenza vaccinations are important for people who may be at high risk for complications. It is also important for caretakers of people who have medical conditions, caretakers of children who are less than 5 years old, or anyone who is in close proximity to people who could develop severe complications from influenza.
"The arrival of our first influenza cases of the season serve as an important reminder that it is not too late to get your flu vaccine," Dr. Susan Mosier, KDHE's State Health Officer, said. "Influenza activity typically peaks in Kansas during winter months. We urge you to get vaccinated to protect yourself and your family members from the flu."