Influenza Cases Remain Low But Higher Than Past Several Years

Reported cases of influenza is higher this year than the past three years, however activity remains regional and in the low category.

In Missouri there have been 1,820 cases so far this season compared to 152 last year and 169 in 2020. The Missouri Weekly Influenza Surveillance Report for the week ending October 29th indicates a majority of the cases reported are Influenza A and primarily in the 5 to 24 year old age group, however those 65 and older are the majority of those who are hospitalized. The Northwest Region of the state leads the number of reported cases, with 31 percent, followed by the Eastern Region.

Iowa cases also remain low, with 75 last reported in the Southwest Region.

Influenza symptoms can include fever, cough, sore throat, runny or stuffy nose, body aches, headache, chills and fatigue. The best way to prevent the flu is to get a flu vaccine each year. Other forms of prevention include hand washing and using alcohol-based hand sanitizers; covering your coughs and sneeze with a disposable tissue; avoid touching your eyes, nose, or mouth; and avoid contact with persons who are sick; and stay home when you are sick.

Influenza activity remains high in the southeast part of the county.