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MANHATTAN — Local instances of the flu have decreased in Riley County but cases of flu illness have reached the peak of the season.
Those are the latest trends seen by the Riley County Health Department. Administrative Director and local health officer Jennifer Green tells News Radio KMAN what age groups have been hardest hit.
Green says there have been cases of both Influenza A and B, but it’s not known which version of the flu has been more prevalent. Green says the health department isn’t able to pinpoint an exact reason for the decrease from the previous two flu seasons but suggested it could be due to more awareness and more people getting their flu shots.
Green adds that it’s not too late to get a flu shot if you haven’t done so yet.
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Green also says the health department works closely with USD 383 Manhattan/Ogden schools to monitor all reports of student illnesses including strep throat.
A new state regulation from the Kansas Department of Health and Environment says those diagnosed with Influenza need to be isolated for seven days from the start of symptoms. That includes staying home from school, day cares and work.
In addition to getting vaccinated, Green says typical good hygiene practices are beneficial which includes hand washing as often as possible to avoid the spread of germs.