The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) recommends a 3-step approach to fighting the flu

  • Get vaccinated
  • Take everyday preventive actions
  • Use antiviral drugs if a physician prescribes them

Get Vaccinated

A flu vaccine offers the most protection against seasonal flu. All individuals aged 6 months and older should get the flu vaccine each year in the fall. There are a few different types of flu vaccines, which may not be available uniformly at all vaccine provider locations. Vaccination should not be delayed in order to receive a specific type of vaccine if an alternative is available. 

Flu vaccinations should be received by the end of October, if possible. However, as long as flu viruses are circulating, then flu vaccinations should be given. Health care providers are encouraged to provide flu vaccinations during routine visits and hospitalizations when the vaccine is available. Learn more:

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Social Media Toolkits

Find information to share in the  Kansas Fights Flu Toolkit and the CDC Communication Resource Center.

Everyday Preventive Actions to Stop the Spread of Influenza

  • Try to avoid close contact with sick people.
  • Stay home for five days following onset of symptoms or until fever free for 24 hours, see complete Kansas requirement
  • Cover your nose and mouth with a tissue when you cough or sneeze. Throw the tissue in the trash after you use it.
  • Wash your hands often with soap and water, especially after you cough or sneeze. Alcohol-based hand cleaners are also effective when soap and water is unavailable.
  • Avoid touching your eyes, nose or mouth. Germs spread easily this way.
  • Clean and disinfect surfaces and objects that may be contaminated with germs like the flu. 

Visit the CDC influenza website for more information about the flu. 

Influenza Activity & Testing

Influenza is not a federal or state notifiable disease; therefore, the burden of influenza is monitored through other surveillance methods. Learn more about testing and surveillance from the fact sheet (PDF) and webpage.