Flu Cases on the Rise in Boone County

6 years 6 months 5 days ago Friday, January 03 2014 Jan 3, 2014 Friday, January 03, 2014 9:50:00 AM CST January 03, 2014 in News
By: Jordan Herr, KOMU 8 Reporter
loading

BOONE COUNTY - The Columbia/Boone County Department of Public Health and Human Services expects the number of influenza cases to increase during January and February.

Department officials confirmed they've seen 89 cases of influenza in Boone County so far this flu season.

"What we're seeing in Boone County is mirroring a lot of what we're seeing nationwide. Typically, you see the peak of flu in January and February, so we're seeing that," said Andrea Waner, public information officer for the department.

The department reported the virus was found in two recently deceased people between the ages of 25 and 49 years old.

The department confirmed an increase of 14 influenza cases between Dec. 15 and Dec. 28, the biggest spike so far this season.

There are two strains of the virus - Influenza A and Influenza B, with Influenza A currently the most common strain.

Waner said the H1N1 virus is a more violent subtype of Influenza A.

"Normally, it [Influenza A] affects anybody in the polarized ages, so very young and very old, but right now with the H1N1 we're seeing a lot more young, healthy people being affected," said Waner.

Waner said symptoms of the flu include fever, cough, chills, body aches and a runny and stuff nose. 

"As soon as you feel like something is not quite right, it's always better to check it out and get it treated early," said Waner.

She said it is ideal to get a flu vaccine as early in the season as possible, but she said it's never too late for one.

"It can take up to two weeks to fully protect your body against the virus, so we recommend if you haven't gotten it yet, please come and do so," Waner said.

The Columbia/Boone County Department of Public Health and Human Services offers walk-in flu shots Monday through Friday from 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Shots are free for children between six months and 18 years old. Shots are $20 for adults 19 years or older.

Waner said local drug stores, hospitals and primary healthcare providers also offer flu shots.

More News

Grid
List
CALLAWAY COUNTY - A body found along a Callaway county roadway Thursday is under investigation as a homicide. The... More >>
5 hours ago Thursday, July 09 2020 Jul 9, 2020 Thursday, July 09, 2020 7:36:00 PM CDT July 09, 2020 in News
BOONE COUNTY- Businesses outside the city limits of Columbia are now having to decide what to do about the mask... More >>
6 hours ago Thursday, July 09 2020 Jul 9, 2020 Thursday, July 09, 2020 6:33:00 PM CDT July 09, 2020 in News
COLUMBIA - The COVID-19 pandemic changed a lot about how we live, and unemployment benefits weren't left out. Unemployment... More >>
7 hours ago Thursday, July 09 2020 Jul 9, 2020 Thursday, July 09, 2020 5:45:00 PM CDT July 09, 2020 in News
JEFFERSON CITY – As cases are beginning to spike, some counties are struggling to keep up with the demand for... More >>
7 hours ago Thursday, July 09 2020 Jul 9, 2020 Thursday, July 09, 2020 5:38:00 PM CDT July 09, 2020 in News
MOBERLY - The city has acquired what was formerly the Moberly Junior High School, and now is working to figure... More >>
10 hours ago Thursday, July 09 2020 Jul 9, 2020 Thursday, July 09, 2020 2:42:00 PM CDT July 09, 2020 in News
COLUMBIA — Columbia Parks & Recreation will host a public input meeting tonight to discuss plans for a new trail... More >>
10 hours ago Thursday, July 09 2020 Jul 9, 2020 Thursday, July 09, 2020 2:31:00 PM CDT July 09, 2020 in News
COLUMBIA - People have been busy buying masks to prepare for the mask ordinance taking effect Friday, and businesses are... More >>
11 hours ago Thursday, July 09 2020 Jul 9, 2020 Thursday, July 09, 2020 1:51:00 PM CDT July 09, 2020 in News
MCDONALD COUNTY - An Amber Alert has been issued in McDonald County. The Missouri State Highway Patrol said 8-year-old... More >>
11 hours ago Thursday, July 09 2020 Jul 9, 2020 Thursday, July 09, 2020 1:14:00 PM CDT July 09, 2020 in News
JEFFERSON CITY - The final amount of insurance claims reported after the May 2019 tornadoes has amounted to nearly $190... More >>
12 hours ago Thursday, July 09 2020 Jul 9, 2020 Thursday, July 09, 2020 1:06:00 PM CDT July 09, 2020 in News
BRANSON - When Kanakuk Kamps, a prominent network of Christian camps in Missouri, opened their five overnight camps on May... More >>
13 hours ago Thursday, July 09 2020 Jul 9, 2020 Thursday, July 09, 2020 11:24:00 AM CDT July 09, 2020 in News
As COVID-19 continues to spread, KOMU 8 will continue to update you about impacts in the community. You can... More >>
14 hours ago Thursday, July 09 2020 Jul 9, 2020 Thursday, July 09, 2020 10:56:00 AM CDT July 09, 2020 in News
WASHINGTON (AP) — The Supreme Court on Thursday kept a hold on President Donald Trump’s financial records that Congress has... More >>
15 hours ago Thursday, July 09 2020 Jul 9, 2020 Thursday, July 09, 2020 9:45:00 AM CDT July 09, 2020 in News
ST. LOUIS (AP) — Police are investigating after three people were shot at a popular downtown St. Louis outdoor attraction.... More >>
15 hours ago Thursday, July 09 2020 Jul 9, 2020 Thursday, July 09, 2020 9:20:00 AM CDT July 09, 2020 in News
KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) — Police in Kansas City are investigating the death of a woman they say was standing... More >>
15 hours ago Thursday, July 09 2020 Jul 9, 2020 Thursday, July 09, 2020 9:19:00 AM CDT July 09, 2020 in News
COLUMBIA- MU Health Care is set to open another drive through testing site located at Mizzou North. Staff at... More >>
16 hours ago Thursday, July 09 2020 Jul 9, 2020 Thursday, July 09, 2020 8:47:00 AM CDT July 09, 2020 in News
(CNN) -- Just before the lockdown began, London-based writer Valentina Valentini made the choice of a lifetime: She agreed to... More >>
16 hours ago Thursday, July 09 2020 Jul 9, 2020 Thursday, July 09, 2020 8:18:25 AM CDT July 09, 2020 in A Brighter Tomorrow
COLUMBIA – Thursday is the last full day Columbia residents will be able to go out in public without a... More >>
18 hours ago Thursday, July 09 2020 Jul 9, 2020 Thursday, July 09, 2020 7:00:00 AM CDT July 09, 2020 in News
(CNN) -- The short-form video app TikTok has quickly become a key part of popular culture in the US, serving... More >>
18 hours ago Thursday, July 09 2020 Jul 9, 2020 Thursday, July 09, 2020 6:17:00 AM CDT July 09, 2020 in News
Columbia, MO
Broken Clouds 75°
2am 74°
3am 72°
4am 71°
5am 70°