Kansas doctor says flu on the decrease

WICHITA, Kan. (KWCH) The latest numbers from the state show that we still haven't hit the peak of flu season.

If you talk to people around Wichita, you'll find they're still doing whatever it takes to prevent the flu and other respiratory illnesses from spreading.

"We just try to make sure anytime the kiddos are around others or playing that we just try to have them wash their hands real well and us do the same," says Scott Evans.

Wichita State student Ellen Ediger is taking the same precautions.

"I got my flu shot kind of like, in January, but yeah, still washing my hands and making sure I do those precautions."

Dr. Tom Moore specializes in infectious diseases and says the worst of the flu season is over but that we're not in the clear yet.

"To say that the influenza cases are slowing down and have reached their peak is not to say that the danger has past. We're still seeing a significant number of cases it's just that the volume and traffic is less, both in the emergency room as well as the hospitalized patients," says Moore.

The latest map from the CDC shows flu activity is still elevated across the nation and in Kansas families are still dealing with the flu and flu-like illnesses.

"Our girls haven't had the flu this winter, but we have had the upper respiratory infections."

Dr. Moore says thanks to warmer weather we'll continue to see a decline in the flu and flu-like illness.

"I don't want people to get lazy and forget that there's still a problem out there but I do want them to know that with warmer weather comes a subsidence in the number of flu cases. So spring is in the air and hope is on the way."

The latest numbers from The Kansas Department of Health and Environment show 100 deaths from the flu this year that's tied with last year.

Dr. Moore says that number will continue to grow as the flu season declines.