Early Flu Season Hits St. Louis

ST. LOUIS (KMOX) – St. Louis appears to be experiencing an early flu season.

Emergency room doctors at Cardinal Glennon Children’s Medical Center say they usually don’t start seeing flu cases pick up until late December or early January, but already this month alone they’ve seen about 30 cases.

That’s according to SLU Care and Cardinal Glennon pediatrician Dr. Ken Haller.

“That means kids are coming to the emergency room and having their nose swabbed and lo and behold, there are upper respiratory problems that are being caused by the flu so it’s a fairly early season.”

Haller says if your kids haven’t received their flu shot yet, now’s the time to do it.

There are 27 confirmed influenza cases so far in St. Louis County, 7 in St. Charles County and three in St. Louis City.

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