Flu numbers in Boone County much lower than last year

2 years 5 months 3 weeks ago Friday, February 26 2016 Feb 26, 2016 Friday, February 26, 2016 6:35:00 PM CST February 26, 2016 in News
By: Katie Cammarata, KOMU 8 Reporter
loading

COLUMBIA - The U.S. is right in the middle of flu season. But this year has so far had a lot better news when it comes to the number of people getting sick from the flu.

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, or CDC, said the current vaccine has an overall effectiveness rate of 59%, which is the highest since the 2010-11 flu season. 

The Missouri Department of Health and Senior Services said from February 14 through February 21, almost three thousand Missourians were diagnosed with the flu, whereas during that same week in the 2014-15 flu season, 43,782 people suffered from the flu.

Andrea Waner, Columbia/Boone County Public Health and Human Services spokesperson, said Boone County had 2,399 cases of the flu in 2014-15 but only 110 to date in 2015-16. 

Waner said although January and February are usually the peak season for the flu, the vaccine has kept any major flu epidemics at bay so far in 2016.

"The CDC is saying that the vaccine that is being produced and distributed is better matched to the circulating strains of the flu virus than last year," Waner said. 

She said the high number of flu cases in 2015 was because the strain of flu was much different from the strain the generic flu vaccine was produced for.

"A lot of people who had the vaccine were not protected by what they thought they were going to get," Waner said.

The CDC and Columbia/Boone County Public Health and Human Services say the flu will continue to spread for the next few weeks, so anyone who has not yet received the vaccine should get it. 

Waner said Columbia Public Schools students who did not get the vaccine can still come to the Public Health building and get a free vaccine.

"Our ultimate goal is to vaccinate as many people as we can, so we always recommend you call us, and we can see what barriers we can reduce for you," she said.

The CDC says the flu can be in effect as late as May.

 

More News

Grid
List
COLUMBIA - Prosecutors charged a man with sexual misconduct on Sunday after patrons at the Columbia Public Library said he... More >>
32 minutes ago Tuesday, August 21 2018 Aug 21, 2018 Tuesday, August 21, 2018 2:33:00 PM CDT August 21, 2018 in News
NEW YORK (AP) — Lawyers for Donald Trump's former personal attorney, Michael Cohen, were pursuing negotiations with prosecutors that could... More >>
1 hour ago Tuesday, August 21 2018 Aug 21, 2018 Tuesday, August 21, 2018 1:25:00 PM CDT August 21, 2018 in News
JEFFERSON CITY (AP) — Missouri Sen. Claire McCaskill is slated to meet with President Donald Trump's U.S. Supreme Court nominee.... More >>
2 hours ago Tuesday, August 21 2018 Aug 21, 2018 Tuesday, August 21, 2018 1:04:00 PM CDT August 21, 2018 in News
(CNN) - The US Food and Drug Administration made the announcement Tuesday on heels of major shortage. EpiPens are... More >>
3 hours ago Tuesday, August 21 2018 Aug 21, 2018 Tuesday, August 21, 2018 11:18:00 AM CDT August 21, 2018 in News
COLUMBIA - A Boone County deputy arrested 29-year-old Selestine Nichols after a police chase south on Providence Road Tuesday morning.... More >>
4 hours ago Tuesday, August 21 2018 Aug 21, 2018 Tuesday, August 21, 2018 10:22:00 AM CDT August 21, 2018 in News
WASHINGTON (AP) — The Trump administration on Tuesday came out with new rules scaling back Obama-era constraints on coal-fired power... More >>
5 hours ago Tuesday, August 21 2018 Aug 21, 2018 Tuesday, August 21, 2018 9:55:05 AM CDT August 21, 2018 in News
IOWA CITY, Iowa (AP) — Investigators have recovered a body believed to be that of 20-year-old college student Mollie Tibbetts,... More >>
5 hours ago Tuesday, August 21 2018 Aug 21, 2018 Tuesday, August 21, 2018 9:19:00 AM CDT August 21, 2018 in News
HALLSVILLE - The mother of a girl who committed suicide after alleged bullying at school filed a wrongful death lawsuit... More >>
6 hours ago Tuesday, August 21 2018 Aug 21, 2018 Tuesday, August 21, 2018 8:50:00 AM CDT August 21, 2018 in News
COLUMBIA - Columbia police responded to three separate incidents late Monday night through early Tuesday morning, including a stabbing, a... More >>
6 hours ago Tuesday, August 21 2018 Aug 21, 2018 Tuesday, August 21, 2018 8:16:00 AM CDT August 21, 2018 in News
JEFFERSON CITY - Major construction around the Capitol shut down the 100 block of High Street Monday. The construction is... More >>
7 hours ago Tuesday, August 21 2018 Aug 21, 2018 Tuesday, August 21, 2018 7:33:00 AM CDT August 21, 2018 in News
WARRENSBURG, Mo. (AP) — Authorities say two St. Louis men have been killed in a head-on crash. The Missouri... More >>
7 hours ago Tuesday, August 21 2018 Aug 21, 2018 Tuesday, August 21, 2018 7:26:00 AM CDT August 21, 2018 in News
JEFFERSON CITY — Missouri Sen. Claire McCaskill is slated to meet with President Donald Trump's U.S. Supreme Court nominee. ... More >>
7 hours ago Tuesday, August 21 2018 Aug 21, 2018 Tuesday, August 21, 2018 7:19:02 AM CDT August 21, 2018 in News
JEFFERSON CITY - President and Chief Executive Officer of Battleship Missouri Memorial Michael Carr is traveling the state of Missouri... More >>
13 hours ago Tuesday, August 21 2018 Aug 21, 2018 Tuesday, August 21, 2018 1:58:00 AM CDT August 21, 2018 in News
DENVER (AP) — A Colorado man is due back in court Tuesday to formally learn that he has been charged... More >>
15 hours ago Monday, August 20 2018 Aug 20, 2018 Monday, August 20, 2018 11:33:00 PM CDT August 20, 2018 in News
JEFFERSON CITY - After several meetings regarding Jefferson City’s budget, the city’s budget committee held a public hearing Monday night.... More >>
19 hours ago Monday, August 20 2018 Aug 20, 2018 Monday, August 20, 2018 7:55:00 PM CDT August 20, 2018 in News
COLUMBIA - MU's campus was more crowded Monday compared to recent years. Freshman enrollment has the highest increase in... More >>
20 hours ago Monday, August 20 2018 Aug 20, 2018 Monday, August 20, 2018 6:39:00 PM CDT August 20, 2018 in News
LEBANON (AP) — A 31-year-old Missouri teacher was given a suspended sentence in a case of sexual conduct with a... More >>
21 hours ago Monday, August 20 2018 Aug 20, 2018 Monday, August 20, 2018 5:59:00 PM CDT August 20, 2018 in News
COLUMBIA - Prosecutors charged two men Tuesday in connection with a shooting on Eastland Circle a day earlier. Columbia... More >>
21 hours ago Monday, August 20 2018 Aug 20, 2018 Monday, August 20, 2018 5:52:00 PM CDT August 20, 2018 in News
Columbia, MO
Broken Clouds 82°
4pm 82°
5pm 83°
6pm 83°
7pm 82°