For the first time in 8 weeks, Missouri and Illinois now say they are seeing regional flu activity, as opposed to widespread activity.
Missouri continues to report its influenza status as widespread despite plummeting numbers of new flu cases.
Flu numbers continue to fall throughout the St. Louis area.
An Arkansas woman with the flu died at a local hospital just three weeks after losing her baby.
St. Louis County saw 62 new flu cases this past week, compared to 80 the week before.
Virus still considered widespread throughout rest of state.
Visitation hours are canceled at a northeast Arkansas women’s prison after a 42-year-old inmate died after suffering from flu-like symptoms.
To combat a significant increase in severe cases of influenza being reported recently in both Missouri and Illinois, the St. Louis County Health Department has decided to offer free flu shots next week.
As the St. Louis area prepares for more snow and subzero temperatures later this weekend, doctors here continue their plea for more people to get the flu vaccine.
New flu cases doubled over the past week in St. Louis County, jumping from 73 to 158 this week for a total of 371 this season.