Several more cases of the flu were confirmed in Cowley County during last weekend.
South Central Kansas Medical Center alone has confirmed 10 more cases since Friday.
SCKMC recently released several tips to fight the flu this winter.
“Take flu antiviral drugs if your doctor prescribes them,” the release states.
People who are at high risk for flu complications should contact their doctor promptly if they start exhibiting flu-like symptoms.
That is true even if they were vaccinated this flu season.
“It is very important that antiviral drugs are used early to treat hospitalized patients, people with severe flu illness and people who are at high risk of serious flu complications based on their age or health,” the release says.
SCKMC says everyone should take everyday preventative actions to help to prevent the spread of germs.
The first and perhaps easiest way to prevent the spread of germs is to avoid contact with sick people.
At the same time, if you exhibit symptoms of the flu, stay home and avoid contact with others.
“Wash your hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds,” the release states. “If soap and water are not available, use an alcohol-based hand rub.”
Keep disinfectant wipes with you and wipe down surfaces that you come into contact with often.
“Avoid touching your eyes, nose or mouth because germs spread this way,” the release says. “Cover (your) mouth and nose with a tissue when you cough or sneeze.”
If a tissue is not readily available, use the crook of your elbow — you can wipe the germs off later and in the meantime, you aren’t spreading anything with your hands.
“If you have not gotten a flu vaccine yet this season, get vaccinated now,” the release adds.
As long as flu viruses are circulating, vaccination should continue throughout flu season, even in January or later. Flu vaccines protect against three or four different flu viruses.
Last, an important reminder for parents and caregivers is that some children 6 months through 8 years old require two doses of vaccine for adequate protection from flu, according to the release.