CHEYENNE, Wyo. (AP) — The Wyoming Department of Health is beginning to see reports of increasing flu cases in the state.

That has prompted state health officials to encourage residents to take common-sense steps to avoid influenza or spreading it to others.

Clay Van Houten is the health department's emerging diseases unit chief.

He says the agency has seen more reports of flu-like illness and flu cases recently with a few reported outbreaks in schools and health care facilities in Wyoming.

That has prompted state health officials to encourage residents to take common-sense steps to avoid influenza or spreading it to others.

Basic common-sense measures, such as getting a flu shot, can slow or prevent influenza's spread.