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Number of Reported Flu Cases Drops Sharply in Greene County

SPRINGFIELD, Mo. -- The Springfield-Greene County Health Department reported 20 cases from&nbsp;<st1:date year="2013" day="10" month="2">February 24 to March 2. </st1:date>That's down more than half from the previous week.<br>

SPRINGFIELD, Mo. -- The number of reported flu cases in Springfield and Greene County are down for the fifth straight week.

The Springfield-Greene County Health Department reported 20 cases from February 24 to March 2. That's down more than half from the previous week.

According to data released by the department, the peak of the season was the second week of January, in which 231 cases were reported.

"Missouri is one of 28 states classified as having 'regional' flu activity by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention," writes Mike Brothers, Department Spokesman. "We will continue to post weekly flu numbers as long as we receive them from health care reporters."

Last week, the department reported 54 cases. That was down from 63 the previous week and 81 the week before that.

We may not be out of the woods entirely. Last year, from March 4-10, there were 137 tracked cases.

Recent Reports: Flu Cases in Springfield, Greene County Reach 10-Year High

Statewide Numbers

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 Springfield and Greene Countycan be found here.

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.

More tips and info from the Springfield-Greene County Health Department

VIDEO: What to Know About the Flu in Greene County

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