According to statistics reported by the Missouri Department of Health and Senior Services, there's some good news for the influenza season.

With this year's long influenza season, finally some good news for those that have developed the disease, and even better news for those that have contracted it at least twice.

For the week ending February 3 there were 12,727 reported cases in Missouri, for the week ending February 10 there were 11,360 reported cases and for the week ending February 17 there were 7,289 reported cases.  Pettis County has seen a similar decline.  For the week ending February 3 there were 263 reported cases, for the week ending February 10 there were 282 reported cases and for the week ending February 17 there were 129 reported cases.  During this year’s influenza season, at total of 1229 influenza cases have been reported to the Pettis County Health Center.

Although the peak appears to be passing, the viruses that cause influenza are still circulating in the area and the precautions to protect yourself from influenza are still important.  Wash your hands, stay home if you are ill, seek medical attention if your symptoms get worse, particularly if you have trouble breathing or a fever returns and check on friends and neighbors.  Individuals with chronic health conditions should limit exposure to crowds and some people feel more comfortable wearing a mask.  As has been reported many times, it is not too late to get a vaccine for influenza.  The Pettis County Health Center has a limited supply.  Be sure to check with other providers if you still need a vaccine.

For additional information, contact the Pettis County Health Center at 660-827-1130 or check our website at www.pettiscountyhealthcenter.com.

BartekSzewczyk