As the cold and flu season approaches, the
top health official in Kansas is urging all residents to get a flu
shot to fight off another outbreak of the H1N1 virus.
Dr. Jason Eberhart-Phillips, state health officer for the Kansas
Department of Health and Environment, says the agency is following
federal recommendations by urging all Kansans to get vaccinated.
KDHE is also making a push to get all health care workers
vaccinated to help prevent the virus from spreading.
Eberhart-Phillips said the state learned many lessons from last
year's flu, which first showed up in Kansas in April 2009. Among
the improvements are better surveillance across Kansas and more
residents protecting themselves with more frequent handwashing.