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Sedgwick County confirms season’s first flu cases

  • The Wichita Eagle
  • Published Friday, Nov. 1, 2013, at 10:11 a.m.
  • Updated Wednesday, Jan. 22, 2014, at 7:48 p.m.

The flu is making the rounds in Sedgwick County.

The Sedgwick County Health Department has confirmed the first cases of influenza for the season.

“Getting a flu vaccination is the single most important thing you can do to protect yourself and your family,” health department director Claudia Blackburn said in a news release. “Flu vaccinations are readily available throughout the community, and now is the time to get vaccinated.”

Symptoms of the flu include temperatures of more than 100.4 degrees, headache, a dry cough, a sore throat, nasal congestion, body aches, fatigues and weakness.

To prevent the spread of flu, the health department suggests washing your hands, coughing and sneezing into your elbow and staying home if you are sick.

The health department provides free flu shots to uninsured adults ages 19 and older and vaccinations to uninsured children age 18 and younger and children with state-sponsored insurance plans such as Medicaid, Amerigroup, United Healthcare and Sunflower. A sliding fee scale is available for children who qualify.

The health department’s clinic is at 2716 W. Central. Hours are 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Wednesday, noon to 6:30 p.m. Thursday and 8 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. Friday.

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