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.
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.
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.
57 new cases were reported last week in St. Louis County for a total of 140 so far this season.
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.
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.
“All of us older than six months of age should be vaccinated against influenza this year and every year,” infectious diseases specialist Dr. William Schaffner said.