First flu cases of the season reported in Sedgwick County

Published On: Nov 01 2013 10:05:39 AM CDT

The Sedgwick County Health Department has reported the season's first cases of influenza have hit the county.

In a press release Friday, the health department confirmed patients are battling the virus, the first for 2013.

Symptoms include fever (higher than 100.4?F), headache, dry cough, sore throat, nasal congestion, body aches, fatigue and weakness.

The county recommends getting a flu shot, washing hands frequently, coughing into an elbow and staying home if ill to help prevent spreading the virus.

"Getting a flu vaccination is the single most important thing you can do to protect yourself and your family," said Sedgwick County Health Department Director Claudia Blackburn. "Flu vaccinations are readily available throughout the community, and now is the time to get vaccinated."

The Sedgwick County Health Department currently provides:
- Free flu shots to uninsured adults age 19 and older
- Flu vaccinations to uninsured children age 18 and younger, and children with state-sponsored insurance plans such as Medicaid, Amerigroup, UnitedHealthcare or Sunflower.  A sliding fee scale is available for children who qualify.

The Sedgwick County Health Department, 2716 W. Central, is open Monday through Wednesday 8 a.m. To 5 p.m., Thursday from Noon until 6:30 p.m., and Friday 8 a.m. Until 11:30 a.m.