First confirmed flu case reported in Kansas

TOPEKA (ap) — An adult in south-central Kansas who became ill last month has been confirmed as the state’s first flu case of the season.

The Kansas City Star reports the Kansas Department of Health and Environment announced the laboratory-confirmed case on Tuesday.

Flu cases typically increase during the holidays and peak around February. Last year’s flu season didn’t peak until mid-March and was the latest on record in Kansas.

KDHE says there’s still time to get flu shots.


CardHawkFan 5 years, 6 months ago

I already had it a couple of weeks ago. Why is this news? Of course, it wasn't confirmed because I just rode it out. The doc said after the weekend that it was probably the flu. Not judging, just wondering.

jhawk1998 5 years, 6 months ago

It appears Douglas County avoids reporting active cases accurately by not ordering the necessary lab tests to confirm the diagnosis. If it is just a verbal - you have this and no test then they don't report it. Know someone who had whooping cough this year that was never reported. I think this sets a dangerous precedent as there is inadequate information being provided to the public.

Karrey Britt 5 years, 6 months ago

Influenza is not a reportable disease. The Lawrence-Douglas County Health Department is notified about flu cases if there is a death of a person who is 17 and under in the county. The department typically is informed about outbreaks in places like long-term care facilities and schools. The nurses do hear informally from school nurses, physicians and KU health professionals about flu activity. The health department isn’t aware of flu activity in Douglas County. The department does provide flu shots on a walk-in basis at its clinic, 200 Maine. For more information, call 843-0721 or visit

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