Flu season is back and in full effect after hitting our southern states hard this year, especially in the DMV area. The DMV is one of the regions with the highest influenza activity in the country. According to the CDC’s Weekly US Map: Influenza Summary Update, Kansas is on the high scale, while states like Wyoming, South Dakota, and New Hampshire are on the low scale. Places with large populations like New York City, Washington DC and Atlanta are at a very high level. Kansas sits in the middle of regions with and without high influenza rates. How cautious should we be about cold and flu season?
Cold and flu season has always been popular, and there have been periods of massive outbreaks. Could this year be worse than previous years? “At this point, I can tell you that Dickinson County flu activity remains relatively low. I have received information on influenza activity from Herington Hospital and Memorial Health so far. Both are seeing some positive cases of flu, but nothing overwhelming at this time,” said Brenda Weaver, associate director of health. In 2020, influenza was the ninth leading cause of death. Total deaths were 53,544, with an average of 16.3 deaths per 100,000 people, according to the CDC.