PITTSBURG, KS.--- Crawford County Health Officer Janis Goedeke says influenza surveillance is already underway in Kansas. State health offices are monitoring several locations, like hospitals and doctor offices, for patients with the flu. Goedeke says the holidays bring people into contact with each other, making it easier to catch the bug.
"I think that one thing that we really get into this time of year with all of the family gatherings, is sharing all of the food and drinks. Resist that temptation to taste something that's on someone else's plate," says Goedeke.
Goedeke says washing your hands and coughing into your elbow can help prevent the spread of the flu virus. She also says you may want to get vaccinated, and if you are sick, stay home.