Flu season is underway, and while cases have been reported locally, representatives from the Crawford County Health Department and Community Health Center of Southeast Kansas said it is not too late to take precautions.
According to the United States Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, the peak of flu season generally occurs between December and February. And even though that period has begun, CHC/SEK Director of Communications Bob Burk said it is not too late to get a flu shot.
“We recommend getting a flu shot as early as possible — even September or October,” Burk said. “But it is not too late.”
Crawford County Health Officer Rebecca Adamson said localized cases of the flu have been reported, but the area has not reached its peak yet.
“Oklahoma has been picking up on the number of flu cases,” she said. “So we may see increased cases here, but we never really know when it will peak inside that period between December and February or early March.”
Adamson also said the flu shot may be taken at any time during that period. Flu vaccinations are currently still available at all CHC/SEK locations and at the county health department. Adamson said a high-dose vaccine is recommended for residents 65 and older and is available at the county health department.
She said the flu shot is recommended to anyone six months of age or older who is not allergic and does not have underlying health issues, which the vaccine may affect. Adamson said anyone with underlying health issues should speak to their physician before getting a flu shot.
— Chance Hoener is a staff writer for the Morning Sun. He can be emailed at firstname.lastname@example.org or follow him on Twitter @ReporterChance.