According to the Kansas Department of Health and Environment (KDHE), Kansas is now experiencing widespread influenza activity, with increased influenza cases seen in most regions of the state.
Reports of outbreaks in long-term care facilities, schools and day care centers have been made to the KDHE. Five outbreaks have been identified during the 2016-2017 season.
This seems to be right in line with what Ascension Medical Group pediatrician Elaine Harrington, MD, has been seeing in her office the past few weeks.
“We’re seeing lots of influenza A,” Dr. Harrington says. “Patients are coming in to the office complaining of high fever for about three to five days, headache, stuffiness, congestion and sore throat. Some patients are also complaining of coughs.”
In younger children, Dr. Harrington has been seeing stuffy noses and lack of appetite likely due to nasal congestion.
She says it’s important to keep children hydrated and give them lots of tender, loving care. You can also give them some Tylenol or Motrin for a fever if it’s making them uncomfortable.
While influenza is now being seen in the community, it’s not too late to get the flu vaccine event though it takes about two weeks for the vaccine to develop antibodies against the flu.