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.
Dr. Keith Woeltje, an infectious diseases specialist at Barnes Jewish Hospital, says there are a lot of benefits to getting the shot.
The four-strain, or quadrivalent, vaccine will protect against two Type-A strains, H1N1 and H3N2, along with two Type-B strains.
It was a meeting of the Missouri Coroners and Medical Examiners Association at the Truman Hotel and Convention Center.
“Most of the RSV can be treated at home with a humidifier, making sure they’re drinking lots of fluids.”
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.