Kansas health authorities today reported the state’s first two confirmed flu cases of the season.
The two adults are from the same workplace in northwest Kansas, the Kansas Department of Health and Environment said. Lab tests confirmed the cases this week.
Neither patient had received a flu vaccination, KDHE said. Five of their coworkers also were ill with flu symptoms, state officials said.
The most recent data from the federal Centers for Disease Control and Prevention show that flu has spread to most states.
Flu activity is unpredictable, but typically increases during the holidays before peaking around February, KDHE secretary Robert Moser said. Moser said there is still time to be vaccinated.
Flu was documented as a cause of death for 31 people in Kansas during the 2009-2010 influenza season, and for 14 people during the 2010-2011 season, KDHE said.