COLUMBIA – Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) report significantly fewer cases of influenza in Missouri compared with last year
. This is almost 74,000 less than in the same period last year.
This corresponds to the drop in the incidence of influenza at the national level, reports the CDC. Most of the events in this season are less serious than last year, as in Missouri, and elsewhere. Annual vaccine, another influenza strain and a late peak in the flu season.
"H1N1 is a predominant strain," said Wilcox. "Symptoms are not as severe as the H3N2 strain."
At the national level, about 90 percent of confirmed cases this season are H1
Of the 436 cases reported in the area, 355 were cases of influenza A.
Wilcox said his department had seen that the number of flu has been ticked over the past few weeks and it expects a late peak this year flu The peak of the flu season was earlier last year, roughly in November, December and January.
According to the CDC, the vaccine is effective this year about 47%
"It's never too late to get a vaccine," Wilcox said. "Flu season technically passes through May."
A vaccine is not the only way to prevent flu. Wilcox recommends that people wash hands with hot water and antibacterial soap. And he said that people should cough in their sleeve, but not in their own hands.