Flu Rates Continue To Climb In St. Charles County

ST. CHARLES, MO (KMOX) – Influenza cases in St. Charles County have now surpassed 1,000 for the flu season, with 234 new cases last week alone.

“We have seen a very early season with influenza B,” SLU Care infectious disease specialist Dr. Donald Kennedy said. “At the present time we’re seeing some activity with influenza A.”

But regardless of which strain you’re dealing with, you still feel lousy. “Both of these illnesses have high fevers, muscle aches, sometimes a little respiratory cough or sore through with them,” Kennedy said.

Dr. Kennedy says it’s still not too late to get that flu shot. Although it takes two weeks to fully boost your immunity, Kennedy says with Influenza A on the rise here, it would be smart to take action now to try to prevent getting it.

He says the flu vaccine is doing a great job matching up with the current influenza strains. The vaccine is almost 100 percent effective against influenza A and about 70 percent effective against influenza B.

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