On Tuesday, the Springfield-Greene County Health Department
reported 63 cases from
Department spokesman Mike Brothers says while the trend is a good one, flu continues to be present in the community. Missouri is one of 31 states classified as having "widespread" influenza activity by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, and is one of 11 states reporting "high" levels of influenza-like illness.
Brothers says statewide, the number of reported cases dropped well below the "historic baseline" level that state health officials use as a guideline for tracking disease.
The Springfield-Greene County Health Department has vaccine available for children ages 18 and under. However, the supply of doses for pregnant women and adults who are caretakers of children under 6 months of age is now limited.
Call the Westside Public Health Center at (417) 874-1220 to make an appointment or use walk-in hours between 7:30 and 10 a.m. each Tuesday. The clinic is at 660 S. Scenic Ave. Vaccine is provided at no cost to Greene County residents in the three above categories. There is a $15 fee for non-residents.
People who are covered by insurance or Medicare can go next door to the Smith Glynn Callaway Pharmacy, 8 a.m. to 6 p.m., Monday-Friday; and 8 a.m. to noon on Saturday.
A few reminders about getting vaccinated:
-Everyone over the age of 6 months is
recommended to be vaccinated
-Flu vaccine will protect against the three most common flu viruses circulating this year, including 2009 H1N1 virus. This year's formula is a good match against the most commonly circulating flu strains.
-Even if you got vaccinated last year, it is important to get vaccinated again this year to protect from changing flu viruses.
-Talk to your doctor about getting your influenza vaccine
-Flu vaccine is safe. Every year the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and the Food and Drug Administration work closely with flu shot providers to ensure the highest level of safety standards for flu vaccines. Click here for more information about flu vaccine safety.
-More information about flu and about where to get vaccinated in
Steps to take to prevent flu including:
-Washing your hands often with soap and water.
If soap and water are not available, use an alcohol-based hand sanitizer and
then wash your hands with soap as soon as you are able.
-Avoid touching your eyes, nose and mouth. This is how germs are spread.
-Try to avoid close contact with sick people.
-If you are sick, stay home for at least 24 hours after your fever is gone, without using fever-reducing medicine. Cover your nose and mouth with a tissue when you cough or sneeze. Call your doctor or health care provider if you have questions about illness.
Flu cases typically peak in February, according to the CDC.