Mid-Missouri doctors are starting to see flu cases
BOONE COUNTY - Doctors in mid-Missouri have already seen cases of the flu, but they disagree over what that means.
Dr. Emily George with the Jefferson City Medical Group said her office has seen a total of four cases this month.
"My partners and I are concerned that this could be a bad flu season," George said.
Dr. Jason Zerrer at the Providence Urgent Care in Columbia said doctors there have seen a few cases.
"It's not a concern at this time, it's not picking up to a point to be common enough to say 'hey this is going through the community,'" Zerrer said.
He said the typical flu season doesn't traditionally start until the end of October and usually tapers off in March and April.
Zerrer said it's important to consider getting the flu shot early because it takes two weeks to be effective.
"A lot of people won't go get their flu shot until people at work or at school start getting the flu. Then, they have two weeks for that to work," Zerrer said.
He said there is a flu mist option available for those afraid of needles.