Flu Activity “Sporadic” in Missouri and Illinois

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Flu Activity “Sporadic” in Missouri and Illinois

Flu Activity “Sporadic” in Missouri and Illinois

Missouri has about two-thirds of the cases it had this time last year


DECEMBER 12, 2018 – 8:08 AM

T. LOUIS, Mo. (KMOX) — It’s been a slow start to the local flu season.

According to local health departments, flu activity across Missouri and Illinois so far is listed as sporadic. For instance, there’s only been 85 cases in St. Louis County and 49 in St. Charles County.

SLUCare infectious diseases specialist Dr. Nirav Patel at SSM Health St. Louis University Hospital tells us this doesn’t mean you should skip that flu shot, though.

“Last year, (the flu season) got kicked off this time last year,” Dr. Patel told KMOX Health Editor Fred Bodimer. “Most of the time it starts towards the end of December, beginning of January. It’s always important to get the flu shot and getting it ahead of the season is the best because it takes a couple of weeks to kick in. ”

There’s nearly 1,700 flu cases so far across all of Missouri.  Last year at this time, there were nearly 2,500 cases statewide.



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