Douglas County Flu Surveillance
Emergency Department Influenza Surveillance
The data below represents the percentage of Douglas County residents with ILI complaints at any emergency department in Kansas:
- Data from the 2016-2017 flu season is in blue.
- Data from the 2017-2018 flu season are in orange.
Each week health care providers from across the state of Kansas that participate in the ILINet program submit the number of patients presenting with ILI illness. The program is a collaboration between the CDC, the Kansas Department of Health and Environment, and local health care providers. If you are a local health care agency and wish to participate in the ILINet program, please feel free to contact the health department at 785-843-3060.
Data on ILI patients seen the previous week are submitted to KDHE. The below chart shows the percentage of ILI visits reported by week for both Northeast Kansas and Kansas. This chart will be updated weekly through 2017-2018 flu season, which will extend through May 2018. The data fluctuates based on health provider reporting.
Deaths Associated with Flu and Pneumonia in Douglas County
The below data represent deaths in Douglas County each week that are due to pneumonia and/or influenza. The data are presented as crude rates (rate per 100,000) based on Douglas County’s 2016 population. The orange bar represents the total death rate by week for Douglas County, while the blue line represents the rate of deaths due to pneumonia and/or influenza. This chart will be updated weekly throughout the 2017-2018 influenza season. Three deaths due to pneumonia and/or influenza occurred this flu season before we began receiving information.
The CDC recommends that everyone 6 months of age and older should get a yearly flu vaccine. Getting the vaccination is the most effective way to avoid getting the flu. Those most at-risk are infants and young children, older adults and pregnant women; however, flu is unpredictable and even healthy children and adults can get the flu.
The Health Department, 200 Maine St., offers flu shots on a walk-in basis during clinic hours. No appointment is necessary. The flu shot is:
- $28 for children ages 6 months to 35 months.
- $20 for children ages 6 months to 18 years, who qualify for the Vaccines for Children program. To qualify, children must meet one of the following criteria: Medicaid eligible, uninsured, American Indian or Alaska native or underinsured.
- $35 for individuals 3 years and older.
- $62 for the high-dose vaccine for individuals 65 and older.
Flu vaccination policies in health care settingsAt the beginning of the 2017-2018 influenza season, Lawrence-Douglas County Health Department leadership integrated a mandatory influenza vaccination requirement for all staff into its wellness policy. If your organization is in the health care field and it does not have an influenza vaccination policy, the Health Department encourages implementing one to help prevent influenza.
These downloadable documents can help in your efforts: