Local flu activity low, still time for flu shot

Local officials are reporting very few infuenza-like illnesses at this time.

However, one does not have to go far to see a different picture. Doniphan County schools, just two counties east of Sabetha, closed schools for four days last week as a precaution due to flu-related illnesses.

Statewide, the most recently reported influenza surveillance indicates that Kansas is experiencing “Local” influenza activity. Surrounding states Nebraska, Colorado and Oklahoma are rated similarly, while Missouri’s activity is listed as “Sporadic.” Approximately 10 states are experiences “Regional” activity, while just three — California, Georgia and Massachusetts — were reported with “Widespread” activity.

This information comes from the Centers for Disease Control’s most recent report, which is for the week from Dec. 2, 2018, through Dec. 8, 2018. This report tracks the spread of influenza-like illness (ILI) activity.

Influenza levels in Kansas for the most recently reported week are below those reported during the past two years at this time. However, the largest spikes in activity are generally reported in mid-December through late February.

Vaccinate

Jane Sunderland, administrator of Nemaha County Community Health Services, stresses that it is not too late to get the influenza vaccine. The vaccine is the best option for preventing flu illness. NCCHS can administer influenza vaccinations by appointment, by calling 785-284-2152.

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Amber Deters is Co-Editor of The Sabetha Herald, where she has been on staff since 2005. She specializes in school board, election and legislative reporting, as well as photography and page and advertising design. Amber is a 2005 Kansas State University graduate with a degree in journalism and mass communications, print journalism sequence. She lives in Sabetha with her husband and three children.

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