Thursday, December 8, 2016

Whatever happened to the flu bug?

Thus far in Missouri, the rate of flu infections have flat-lined!
 Taney Country MO. - The flu surveillance results are now in for Week 48 (Nov 27 to Dec 3) and there has not been a single death attributed to the flu as of that period in time! As flu season approaches, University of Missouri Health Care infectious disease experts say that getting vaccinated is the best way to prevent influenza and limit the spread of the disease. Well, that and washing your hands frequently, at any rate!

That said, now is not the time to relax good health practices. As of the date of this post (Dec 8, 2016) we have yet to get into the real 'meat' of the coming Holiday season! People and kids will be shopping en mass at local stores, there will be lots of parties and those activities mixed with cold weather can exacerbate the rates of infections! I've already heard of cases where kids have gotten sick (unknown if from colds or the flu) and have given that to their moms and dads. So, be careful, get your flu shot and wash those hands! See the entire Missouri Week 48 report here.

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