SPRINGFIELD, Mo. – The Springfield-Greene County Health Department says it saw 17 confirmed new influenza cases last week, up from six the previous week. That included 12 cases of Type A and five cases Type B flu.
The traditional flu season got off to its slowest start in 25 years. Before last week, the department had only 25 confirmed flu cases in the county, with most weeks since mid-September having zero, one, or two new cases, and one week in November have three new cases.
The U.S. Centers for Disease Controlin Atlanta said last week that Missouri is one of a few states that had a spike in flu or flu-like cases over the past two weeks. Health officials don't know why but say, so far, this year's flu vaccine can ward off the bug that is making people sick.
Doctors around the Springfield area are seeing patients flood waiting rooms.