Flu Vaccine

Flu cases in Franklin County are currently more than five times higher than they were this time last year.

Because of the staggering numbers, county health officials say the total this season could reach 3,000.

As of Tuesday, the total reported cases in the county was 2,229 with 183 new cases reported last week.

After a large spike in cases two weeks ago, cases for last week are down by about 100, but there is no reason to believe the outbreak is over.

Influenza type A continues to dominate the overall numbers with 1,842, while type B cases are at 381.

Children ages 5 to 14 are responsible for about 23 percent of the total with 511 cases reported.

Following close behind are adults in the 25 to 49 age range with 464 cases, making up just under 21 percent of the county total.

Older adults ages 50 to 65-plus make up a combined 32 percent of the total cases with 707.

Another 10 percent of the cases are preschool-aged children ages 2 to 4 with 223 cases reported.

Despite closer proximity to their peers, the high school- and college-aged individuals are the second lowest group with 210 cases reported.

Newborns, infants and toddlers continue to make up the lowest percentage of flu cases (5 percent) with only 114 cases reported this season.

Reporting

This same time last year, the total flu cases in the county were only at 424 on their way to a record-breaking total of 1,672.

• 174 total cases were reported in the 2015-16 flu season.

• 1,260 cases were reported in the 2014-15 flu season.

• 708 cases were reported in the 2012-13 flu season.

The county health department gets its data from several sources, including the hospitals in Washington and Sullivan, doctors’ offices, Walgreens, CVS and other clinics, as well as school nurses.

The flu season typically runs from September until mid-April.

The health department stresses the actual numbers of individuals infected with the flus could be significantly higher then the official cases reported, due to many patients not consulting medical professionals.

Statewide

According to the Missouri Department of Health and Senior Services, during the week ending Jan. 27, a total of 9,566 laboratory positive influenza cases were reported. Of those new cases, 6,416 were influenza A, 2,955 influenza B, and 195 were untyped.

A season-to-date total of 66,373 laboratory-positive influenza cases (51,542 influenza A, 14,007 influenza B, and 824 untyped) have been reported in Missouri as of Week 4.

The influenza type for reported season-to-date cases includes 78 percent influenza A, 21 percent influenza B, and 1 percent untyped.