A new research brief by the Kansas Department of Health and Environment shows a slight increase in the infant mortality rate last year.
Infant mortality refers to babies who die before their first birthday. Although the trend has been downward, Kansas has exceeded the national infant mortality rate every year since 2003.
KDHE Secretary Robert Moser says last year’s rate was 6.3 deaths per thousand live births.
“That’s relatively low, but unfortunately it’s up slightly from 2011,” says Moser.
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.