Flu season winding down in Kansas


WICHITA, Kan. (AP) – State health officials say this year’s flu season is winding down in Kansas, and this season won’t be as severe as last year.

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention reports Kansas has gone from having widespread flu to regional flu.

Robert Moser, secretary of the Kansas Department of Health and Environment, says the flu was the direct cause of death of 25 people so far this year. That compares with 58 Kansans last year.

The Wichita Eagle reports  deaths with flu or pneumonia as a contributing factor also dropped, from 919 last season to 477 this season. And deaths attributed soley to pneumonia dropped from 469 last season and 258 this season.

The flu season is from September to May.

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