Flu cases rise in Kansas, especially among children - KCTV5

Flu cases up, especially among children, as flu shots in high demand

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OLATHE, KS (KCTV) -

The federal government says Kansas is among the states experiencing widespread cases of influenza.

The number of cases have jumped in the past three weeks. Children are among those most vulnerable.

To see more about the flu including flu activity in your area and the latest from the Centers for Disease Control click here.

It's not too late to get your flu shot. Health officials emphasize good hygiene, washing your hands for at least 20 seconds as well as children's hands. Also use sanitizer.

The virus can spread easily. One sneeze can send up to 5,000 germs droplets into the air at up to 100 mph. You could cough or sneeze on your shoulder or elbow rather than your hand to keep from spreading germs.

It takes up to two weeks for the flu shot to take effect and the shot doesn't protect you from all strands of the virus. Doctors say if you do get the flu after getting the shot that you should see milder symptoms than those who didn't.

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