Heartland Health Monitor
4:22 pm
Thu December 18, 2014

Report: Kansas, Missouri Unprepared For Disease Outbreaks

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Kansas and Missouri rank in the bottom half of states in preparedness for potential outbreaks of infectious diseases like Ebola, Enterovirus and ‘superbugs,’ according to a report released Thursday.

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Flu Shots
5:56 am
Sat December 6, 2014

CDC Warns Flu Shots May Not Be As Effective This Year

The CDC and doctors countrywide are warning that flu vaccines might not be as effective as planned, but still will help prevent people from getting the flu.
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The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention warn that this season’s flu shots may not be as effective as last year’s due to a mutation of the H3N2 flu virus.

The H3N2 flu strain has "drifted" as doctors say, into a new subtype. So this season’s vaccinations will only be about 48 percent effective at preventing people from catching the H3N2 flu strain, according to the CDC.

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Heartland Health Monitor
3:10 pm
Fri December 5, 2014

Vaccination Push Continues As Flu Appears In Kansas

As flu cases begin to appear in Kansas, a former Centers for Disease Control and Prevention epidemiologist urged providers to continue distributing the flu vaccine while also preparing antiviral medications for high-risk patients.

William Atkinson, a doctor who spent 25 years at the CDC and is now associate director for immunization at the Immunization Action Coalition, said there's still time to inoculate more of the population before the flu season peaks.

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Central Standard
2:38 pm
Wed October 22, 2014

The 'Kansas Flu' Of 1918 And The City's Response To It

In the wake of swirling fears about the spread of Ebola as well as Kansas cases of pertussis and measles, we look back on a pandemic that hit home for Kansas City: the Influenza pandemic of 1918. The death rate in Kansas City outpaced that in other places, and some say the city's politics and public health infrastructure were largely to blame.

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6:10 am
Wed April 16, 2014

NIH Director Talks About One And Done At KU — For Flu Shots

Dr. Francis Collins, director of the National Institutes of Health, spoke Monday with Shane Stecklein, an MD/PhD student at the University of Kansas Medical Center in Kansas City, Kan. U.S. Sen. Jerry Moran, a Kansas Republican, brought Collins to Kansas to highlight bioscience initiatives in the state.
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That annual flu vaccine could be a thing of the past by the end of the decade, the director of the National Institutes of Health said during a Monday visit to the University of Kansas Medical Center.

Dr. Francis Collins said that NIH-funded researchers are perhaps five years away from developing a universal flu vaccine, one that is effective against virtually all strains. Individuals might need a booster down the road.

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7:55 am
Mon January 13, 2014

H1N1 Among Flu Types Surging In Kansas City

The so-called swine flu is back. New numbers come out last week, but still early in the season, the virus has sent droves to the hospital and put an unlikely section of the population at risk.

Back in 2009, the H1N1 virus caused a pandemic, infecting nearly 60 million in the United States. This season, local reports of H1N1, along with other flu types, began to surge in early December 2013, according to the Kansas City, Missouri Health Department.

The Department’s Jeff Hershberger says it’s not just the elderly and children in danger.

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Central Standard
7:00 am
Mon December 9, 2013

How To Tell When You're Too Sick To Go To Work Or School

In addition to covering your mouth when you cough or sneeze the best thing you can do to limit risk of infection is to keep your hands away from you eyes, nose and mouth.
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Perhaps you feel a little warm, more tired than usual, congested and maybe even achy. At this point you might ask yourself is it worth it to go to work?

Or perhaps your child looks pale and complains of an upset stomach, do you let her or him stay home from school? If you decide to tough it out perhaps you wonder if you're putting others at risk by going to work or sending your child to school.

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7:59 pm
Sun February 10, 2013

Relief In Sight? Region Hit Hard By Flu

Johnson County Flu Report for the week of February 2, 2013
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The flu is widespread in Kansas and Missouri. It has been an especially rough season, but some say relief may be on the way.

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Central Standard
6:00 pm
Tue December 4, 2012

Flu Vaccine

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Every year, approximately 36,000 people die from influenza.  This flu season is the worst in the last decade and yet the flu vaccine is readily available. 

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9:19 am
Mon December 3, 2012

Flu Season Starts In Kansas City

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Flu season is getting underway. According to Dr. Christopher Harrison at Children’s Mercy Hospital, it’s here early.

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Health, Influenza, Flu
10:44 am
Mon March 12, 2012

Flu Season Picks Up, Vaccine Still Available

The nation's midsection is a hot spot for influenza right now, and the Kansas Department of Health and Environment says there’s still time to be protected by a flu shot.

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12:33 pm
Mon December 27, 2010

KC Gets Infusion of Free Flu Shots To Combat Vaccine Disparities

Kansas City, MO – Kansas City, Missouri is getting an infusion of free flu vaccines this winter - 20,000 to be exact. And, they're being directed towards people who may be less likely to get the shot.

Walgreens recently donated the shots to help reduce vaccine disparities.

Captain Jose Belardo is Acting Regional Health Administrator with the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services - he's overseeing the initiative.

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11:10 am
Tue November 9, 2010

First Flu Cases Of The Season Confirmed In Kansas

Topkea, KS – The Kansas Department of Health and Environment has confirmed the first two cases of influenza in Kansas this season. More from Kansas Public Radio's Bryan Thompson.


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8:57 am
Tue September 7, 2010

Flu Vaccine Now Available...Everywhere

Kansas City, MO – Kansas City's flu vaccine clinic opens today. This time last year, health officials were prioritizing shots for people based on certain health and age criteria. They were also grappling with a shortage of the H1N1 vaccine.

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