Missouri Weathers Fierce Flu Season

Jan 30, 2018
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Missouri has seen a major increase in flu cases this flu season. The season, which usually runs from October to May, has produced 53,769 cases of influenza in Missouri as of Jan. 20. And with the variety of strains and degrees, it’s often tough to predict the season’s end. 

“We have seen an increase in the number of flu cases in the early part of the season,” Eric Stann, community relations specialist for Columbia/Boone County Health and Human Services said. “We have also recently seen a decrease in flu cases in comparison to recent weeks, but that does not mean that the flu season is over yet.” 


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Boone County offers free flu shots for children

Oct 1, 2013
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Children in Boone County can get free flu shots starting Tuesday, Oct. 1. 

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The Columbia/Boone County Department of Public Health and Human Services plans to hold weekly rural flu clinics throughout the county, starting Oct. 11.  Department spokesperson Trina Teacutter says that the rural flu clinics in Boone County communities have been happening consistently for years.

"You know, doing community clinics in Ashland, Hallsville, Centralia, Sturgeon and Harrisburg — those places," Teacutter says. "We have done rural clinics in all of those areas for over 20 years."

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  • Boone County offering free flu immunizations for children

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Boone County is offering free flu shots to children in elementary and middle schools this flu season.