An outbreak of canine influenza in Chicago has already killed 1,000 dogs, and city officials are calling it an epidemic.
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.
Although concerns are mounting across the nation of Ebola exposure, doctors fear the focus could be diverting attention from another potential threat: the flu.
For the first time in 8 weeks, Missouri and Illinois now say they are seeing regional flu activity, as opposed to widespread activity.
Just 15 flu cases have been reported so far in St. Louis County, 26 in all of Eastern Missouri, and only 112 total in the state.
Only one new influenza case was reported this past week in St. Louis County, for a total of four since the middle of September.
To illustrate the point, County Executive Charlie Dooley rolled up his sleeve and got a shot.
St. Louis County health officials report nearly half of all flu cases were seen in children between the ages of 2 and 14.
If you suffer from an allergy and then get the flu on top of that, its double the dose of mucus and more congestion and that can lead to sinus infections, ear infections and pneumonia.