Wichita, Kansas 2021-09-13 19:05:42 –
Wichita, KSN—Autumn is approaching, and so is the flu season. Last year, Kansas saw a rare season with minimal cases throughout the state.
This year may not be the case.
“It was one of the quietest flu seasons to date,” said Anthony Neises, pharmacy manager Ascension Via Christi.
Looking at data from the Kansas Department of Health and Environment, there were very few cases of influenza seen in hospitals last year. Only two cases were admitted to the Wichita hospital.
“I believe social distance, masking and hand hygiene played a major role,” said Neises.
Prior to last year, the average number of patients with influenza and other respiratory illnesses in Wichita hospitals and emergency rooms was 1,200 each year from November to April, according to Ascension Via Christi.
Ascension through Christie Pharmacy Manager, Anthony Nazes believes the incident could recur this year.
“Social precautions are not taken very seriously. Maskman dating is not very popular in the community right now. There is a very high risk of actually getting the flu and what is called the normal flu season. “Neises said.
“Given that COVID hospitalizations are skyrocketing and starting to reach highs, this can be a problem.”
Now that flu shots are available, he encourages you to roll up your sleeves.
“The flu itself can make you more susceptible to other respiratory illnesses, so the combination of flu and COVID can lead to potentially life-threatening situations,” he said. .. “Therefore, when it comes to the flu season, it is very important to vaccinate from both sides.”
Neises said the best time to get a flu shot is from now to October. Again, he said it was safe to vaccinate against influenza and COVID-19 at the same time.
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