57 new cases were reported last week in St. Louis County for a total of 140 so far this season.
Slowly but surely, flu numbers across the St. Louis area are beginning to pick up. Statewide, there are now 355 confirmed influenza cases.
The Centers for Disease Control has found that over the past eight flu seasons, almost half of the kids who have died from the flu were otherwise healthy.
Only one new influenza case was reported this past week in St. Louis County, for a total of four since the middle of September.
According to the Walgreens 2013 Flu Impact Report, the average employee lost three days of work in the 2013-2013 flu season due to influenza and 6.2 million missed a business trip.
The four-strain, or quadrivalent, vaccine will protect against two Type-A strains, H1N1 and H3N2, along with two Type-B strains.
Over 667 Illinoisans were taken to the ICU due to influenza this flu season and more than 100 died.
That may be part of the reason why Missouri has seen a 212 percent increase in flu cases this year.
“Influenza is notoriously unpredictable,” Curtis Allen with the Centers for Disease Control said.
Local American Red Cross spokesman Dan Fox says severe illness such as the flu “can be something that brings donations down.”