Reported cases of flu in Franklin County have almost tripled since last week.
As of Tuesday, there were 139 reported cases of flu in the county, compared to the 48 cases that were reported as of Monday, Dec. 30.
“It’s starting to go up pretty high,” said Tony Buel, epidemiology specialist with the Franklin County Health Department.
Still, reported cases are not as high as they were this time last year when the number was at 423.
Just because there were more this time last year does not mean there will be fewer cases this season. Officials say flu season can hit at different times.
There could be other cases of flu in the county that are not reported since some people with flu may not go to a doctor.
The reported cases are broken down into the following age groups: 0-2, 10; 2-4, nine; 5-14, 22; 15-24, 18; 25-49, 49; 50-64, 23; 65+, eight.
Residents are still urged to get flu shots, which are available at the county health department, which recently moved into a new location at 414 E. Main St., Union.
The health department provides flu shots Monday through Friday from 9 to 11:30 a.m. and 1 to 4 p.m. No appointments are required.
The health department accepts most insurance, Medicaid, Medicare and self-pay with cash, checks and credit cards. The cost is $25.
Check the county’s website at www.franklinmo.org for a list of accepted insurance plans. Once on the county’s website go to the health department page and click the flu shot button.