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.

We have compiled the Douglas County Flu Surveillance tool as a way to as accurately as possible keep the community informed about the level of influenza present. You can visit the tool via this link throughout the flu season to examine the level of flu activity.

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.  We encourage anyone 6 months or older to get a flu shot because it is the best protection against the flu. You can read more information here about flu shot availability at the Health Department's clinic.

The Health Department, 200 Maine St., offers flu shots on a walk-in basis during clinic hours. No appointment is necessary. The Health Department accepts private insurance, Medicare Part B, Medicaid and KanCare insurance plans.

Additionally, the Health Department currently has scheduled community flu vaccination clinics in Douglas County communities. Participants should bring health insurance information or cash, credit card or check. The remaining clinics will be:

  • Tuesday, Oct. 15 — 4-6 p.m., Lecompton Community Building, 333 Elmore St., Lecompton.
  • Tuesday, Oct. 22 — 4-6:30 p.m., Lawrence Public Library, 707 Vt.