Douglas County Flu Surveillance

Influenza, more commonly known as flu, is currently not a reportable disease to the health department. Therefore, it is often difficult for the health department to accurately track influenza rates as it moves through the county and the state. One indicator used for flu surveillance is the presentation of influenza-like illness (ILI) patients at health care facilities. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), influenza-like illness is defined as a patient with a fever above 100 degrees with a sore throat and/or cough without a known cause other than influenza.

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. 
The chart will updated weekly through May 2018, when flu season typically ends.
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Data collection was supported by the Grant or Cooperative Agreement Number 1 U50 OE000069-01, funded by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Its contents are solely the responsibility of the authors and do not necessarily represent the official views of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention or the Department of Health and Human Services.

ILINet Surveillance:


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.
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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.

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The chart below shows the causes of deaths in Douglas County. Pneumonia and influenza comprised roughly 2 percent of all deaths in Douglas County from 2010-2015 and is considered to be a Top 10 cause of death.
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Flu Vaccination


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.
The Health Department accepts private insurance, Medicare Part B, Medicaid and KanCare insurance plans.

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