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Kansas Gets Good Rating for Public Health Emergency Preparedness


UNDATED (KNS) — Kansas is relatively well-prepared to respond to public health emergencies but still needs to improve hospital safety and flu vaccination rates. Those are some of the findings from a recent report by the nonprofit group Trust for America’s Health.

Michael McNulty, emergency management director for the Kansas health department, says the state continues to work on outreach to the public on ways to fight disease outbreaks. “A lot of it is in education. We really want to try to educate folks on the availability of vaccines, so that they can make informed decisions about vaccinating themselves and/or their family members,” he said.

The report studied how well states are prepared for diseases and natural disasters. This year’s report placed 19 states and the District of Columbia in the high-performance tier. Kansas was among those in the high-performance tier.