What is influenza?
- Seasonal influenza (flu) is a contagious respiratory illness caused by influenza viruses.
- Infection can lead to mild to severe illness, and even death.
- Some people, including the elderly, young children, and those who are immunocompromised or have certain health conditions, are more vulnerable to severe complications.
- The best way to prevent influenza each year is by getting vaccinated.
- The Riley County Health Department supports our vision of Healthy People in a Healthy Community by providing flu shots to the public. For more information about scheduling an appointment contact the clinic.
- For more information about the flu, including signs and symptoms of illness, view the seasonal influenza fact sheet (pdf).
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Flu Vaccine Available at the Riley County Health Department - 2021-2022 Flu Season
A yearly flu vaccine is the first and most important step in protecting against flu viruses.
The Riley County Health Department recommends everyone 6 months of age and older, with rare exceptions, get their flu vaccine before the end of October, if possible. Please keep in mind, it takes about 2 weeks after vaccination for antibodies to develop in the body that protects against flu.
Only a quadrivalent (four-component) flu vaccine will be available at the Riley County Health Department. The flu vaccines we carry are inactivated, preservative-free (no mercury), and given in the muscle.
In addition to the traditional flu vaccine, we have High Dose flu vaccine for those 65 years of age and older and Flublok for those 18 years of age to 64 years of age.
Expert researchers recommend healthcare providers give the age-appropriate flu vaccine to help protect the public from the flu.
- The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) conducts studies to measure the benefits of seasonal flu vaccination to help determine how well the vaccines are working. Read more about how effective the vaccine has been in the past on the CDC's website.
- Providers may offer flu mist to families. Read more from the American Academy of Pediatrics and the Advisory Community on Immunization Practices.
Public Health Impacts of Flu Vaccination
- Receiving the vaccine helps keep community members from getting flu, including family, friends and co-workers
- Receiving the flu vaccine makes illness less severe if a person gets the flu
Seasonal influenza (flu) is not a reportable disease in Kansas, and because of this, tracking rates of illness and the burden of illness in Riley County is difficult.
The Riley County Health Department uses syndromic surveillance to monitor influenza-like-illness (ILI) - a combination of symptoms related to having the flu - throughout the county.
The flu season typically lasts from late September - May. RCHD collaborates with the Kansas Department of Health & Environment's (KDHE) Bureau of Epidemiology and Public Health Informatics and partners statewide to monitor trends and share information on preventing flu and responding to illness.
Statewide influenza data can be found on KDHE's influenza surveillance webpage.
If you test positive:
- Persons confirmed to have influenza are required to stay home for seven days following the onset of symptoms per Kansas regulation.
- According to CDC, persons with influenza are considered infectious for 5-7 days after becoming sick.
- Avoid close contact with sick people, avoid touching your eyes, nose, and mouth, cover your coughs and sneezes, wash your hands often (with soap and water), and clean and disinfect surfaces and objects that may be contaminated with flu viruses.
- The flu virus can "live" on some surfaces for up to 48 hours.
- If you become sick, limit contact with others as much as possible.
- Remember to cover your nose and mouth with a tissue when you cough or sneeze, and throw tissues in the trash after you use them.
- Stay home for at least 24 hours after your fever is gone except to get medical care or for other necessities. (Your fever should be gone for 24 hours without the use of a fever-reducing medicine before resuming normal activities.)