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Office of Public Affairs

Welcome to the Office of Public Affairs. The office is charged with executing internal and external communications for the Department of Administration, including contact with media, assisting with Kansas Open Records Act requests and coordinating with other agency public information officers. The agency publishes a monthly newsletter, Connected, that is distributed to all Department of Administration employees.

The office also serves as the legislative liaison between the agency and the Kansas Legislature. The office works with legislators, the governor's office and other state agencies on policy matters and provides information to help guide decisions.

South Steps FridaysIn addition, the Office of Public Affairs coordinates the annual South Steps Fridays at the Kansas Statehouse. The event, complete with live music, provided through a partnership with the University of Kansas School of Music and Reach Out Kansas, and a variety of informational displays, provides a venue for visiting the beautiful and historic Kansas Statehouse and kick off the weekend. Learn about exciting and diverse Kansas attractions and organizations. Events are held from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. every other Friday from the end of May until early August.  The events and space for providing information booths are free of charge.

Contact:
John Milburn, Director of Legislative and Public Affairs, 785.296.6866

Visiting Topeka
If you are planning a trip to Topeka to visit the Kansas Statehouse or other state office buildings, you can download a copy of the map of the area, including a location of state agencies housed in the Capitol Complex. Enjoy your visit. 

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News releases

Protect against the flu now by getting a vaccination

Oct 08, 2015

TOPEKA – Influenza season is underway, and a flu vaccine is the single best way to protect yourself and those around you. Last flu season, 117 people in Kansas died as a direct result of the flu. Vaccinations are available now.

It is important for everyone 6 months and older to get a flu vaccine each year to help prevent against the flu and to protect from spreading it to others. It is especially important for people at high risk of developing a flu-related complication to get vaccinated. This includes; children under 5; adults 65 years and older; pregnant women, and up to two weeks post-partum; and residents of nursing homes and other long-term care facilities.

The seasonal flu vaccine protects against influenza viruses that research indicates will be most common during this season. It takes about two weeks after vaccination for the antibodies to provide protection against infection.

There are several flu vaccine options for the 2015-2016 flu season. For information about the different vaccine options visit http://www.cdc.gov/flu/protect/keyfacts.htm

This year, KDHE has created signs that can be downloaded from our website to emphasize the importance of hand washing to prevent the spread of germs. In partnership with the Department of Administration, these signs will be posted in all state office building restrooms to remind employees of this important prevention measure. Other healthy habits during cold and flu season include covering your sneeze and cough, staying home when sick, disinfecting surfaces and washing your hands often.

For more information about influenza and the flu vaccine, visit www.cdc.gov.
Hand washing signs are available here: http://www.kdheks.gov/flu/download.html.