There have been no confirmed, suspected or reported cases of the Canine Influenza in Missouri, but if there is an outbreak in the state, there is now a vaccine. The key is acting quickly.
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.
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.
There’s a second wave of the flu now hitting New Jersey, Connecticut and New York, but St. Louis seems to have missed it.
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.