Flu cases on the rise in Montana

In 2016-2017, more than 70,000 flu cases were confirmed in Missouri, and the DHSS said, if the trend continues, the state could see more than that this season.

A total of 5,715 flu cases for the season have been reported, up from 3,558 the previous week and up from 886 at this time a year ago.

Officials with the South Dakota Department of Health say a Day County resident in their 70s has died from the flu.

Landers said it's not too late to get a flu shot to protect against this illness, adding that it takes a couple of weeks to become protected after receiving the vaccine.

∫ Children 12 and under will be prohibited from visiting patients' rooms, as they are more likely to have and transmit respiratory infections.

Meantime, OSF St. Joseph and Advocate BroMenn Medical Centers released statements Wednesday saying people younger than 18 are not allowed to visit patients because of the flu and other upper respiratory illnesses. The week ending December 8 saw 338 cases reported, and last week saw 1,041 cases, more than triple the previous week, according to a city press release. That's compared to just 347 at this time past year.

"Thinking about folks that are traveling right now, it would be fruitful for them to know that flu could be traveling with them", Jernigan said.

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Doctors are urging those who have not gotten a flu vaccine to get one.

The holiday season brings people together.

Symptoms of flu include cough, congestion, fever, aches, chills and fatigue, and usually can be managed at home with rest and fluids, she said.

She said tests results from doctors' offices and through their ER show more Flu A, or a mixture of A and B.

Last flu season, the virus caused 829 hospitalizations and 56 deaths. Finally, health care providers also can report on how much flu they see through yet another surveillance network, which also began in 1997.

Glenn said he encourages people to check with other health departments for availability, or go to a pharmacy or their primary care physician. People with preexisting conditions such as asthma and heart disease are also at greater risk as are individuals with weakened immune systems due to disease or medications such as chemotherapy or chronic steroid use.


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