It's not too late for local residents to get flu shots this season, according to a spokesman from the Leavenworth County Health Department.

It's not too late for local residents to get flu shots this season, according to a spokesman from the Leavenworth County Health Department.

The Health Department still has flu shots available.

A walk-in clinic is offered from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. Monday, Wednesday, Thursday and Friday. The cost for a flu shot is $20, according to Health Department spokesman James Fricke.

Flu shots can be given to people who are 6 months old and older.

According to a news release from the Kansas Department of Health and Environment, most regions of the state are seeing increased flu activity. And it is likely that influenza activity has not yet peaked in Kansas.

The effectiveness of the flu vaccine can vary, but officials with KDHE say it is the best way to prevent flu.

Fricke said there have been flu cases reported this season in Leavenworth County.

Symptoms of the flu include fever, cough, sore throat, runny or stuffy nose, muscle or body aches, headaches and fatigue.

During the last flu season, the illness was the direct cause of 99 deaths in Kansas, and it may have been a contributing factor in the deaths of 1,108 other people in the state, according to the KDHE.

More information about influenza can be found at the KDHE website, www.kdheks.gov/flu, and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention website, www.cdc.gov/flu/

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