High influenza-like outbreaks are being reported in Missouri. Twenty-nine states, including Arkansas, have already seen heavy outbreaks leading up to the New Year.
According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, Arkansas is in a region that is experiencing the highest outbreak of illnesses, with a percentage twice that of the national baseline. Taney County Community Outreach manager, Jean Mueller, says confirmed flu cases are on the rise.
Mueller says the flu is spread through people who cough and sneeze and don’t cover their mouth. She says the flu vaccine is still a good idea.
The Taney County Health Department has vaccines available for children, but adults should see their healthcare professional. She says, if you are sick, stay home from work and away social gatherings, also keep children home from school, if they are sick too. Keep your hands washed with soap and water or use alcohol based hand sanitizer.
The seasonal flu is a repertory illness that includes symptoms similar to the common cold.