Flu activity reaches high levels in Kansas City area

Michael Ronnebaum
January 02, 2018 - 4:49 am

The Kansas City area is being hit especially hard by influenza this winter. 

Parents with children going back to school this week need to be cautious, said Dr. Dana Hawkinson with the University of Kansas Health System.

"Certainly if kids go back to school they'll be in contact with each other," Hawkinson said. "I think it's important to address that when you're evaluating your child prior to going to school -- looking at symptoms."

Statistics from the Centers for Disease Control say influenza activity increased sharply around the United States in the middle of December. Hardest-hit states include Kansas, Missouri and Nebraska. Much of California, Texas and the southeastern U.S. are dealing with high numbers of flu patients.

Sneezing, body aches, and coughing are some of the most common symptoms of the flu. 

"It's also important not to bring a sick child into a pediatrician's office where there's contact with more children," Hawkinson said. "Sometimes they have sick waiting rooms and well waiting rooms."

Doctors say old techniques still work for people who are trying to avoid the virus. People should keep their hands washed and avoid touching their eyes or mouth. 

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