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.
While many go about getting that annual flu shot, researchers at St. Louis University are looking for ways to improve the protection the vaccines give.
Dr. Tom Frieden says getting vaccinated is the single most important step we can take to protect ourselves and our families against influenza.
“It’s not uncommon to see them in August and September,” pharmacist Clark Kebodeaux said.
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.