Fred BodimerBy Fred Bodimer

ST. LOUIS (KMOX) – After a slow start, emergency rooms now say they’re getting busy as the seasonal flu hits the St. Louis area hard.

In St. Louis County, the number of confirmed flu cases last week totaled 265 – more than half of the 422 cases so far this season.

St. Louis County Health Department epidemiologist Eleanor Peters says they expect just as many – if not more – this week.

Two weeks ago, there were 86 cases.

She says more than a third of the cases – 37 percent – so far this season are in those between the ages of 5 and 14, an “unconventional” age group for the flu.

It is still not too late to get a flu vaccine, Peters says.

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