Flu shots recommended as season has yet to hit peak

WICHITA, Kan. The Center for Disease Control says we have not hit the peak of the flu season yet, and we still don't know when that peak will come.


Several school districts across Kansas have been hit especially hard by the flu with three cancelling at least one day of classes last week.

Two weeks ago, 1 in 15 doctor visits were for symptoms of the flu. That's the highest level since the swine flu pandemic in 2009, the Associated Press reports.

This flu season has stood out, causing increased hospitalizations and deaths, even to young, healthy people. . Health professionals across Kansas and the U.S. recommend getting the flu shot, even though the season is already in full swing.

Locally, there are several options to get the shot. This week, Sedgwick County says it still has an adequate supply of the vaccine. At the county's Division of Health at 2716 W. Central in Wichita, flu shots are available at no charge for uninsured adults and children on Medicaid and other state-funded insurance.

You can find clinics offering the flu shot near where you live here.