Number of Flu Cases Declining
Health officials in Missouri are reporting that the number of reported flu cases for the past two weeks have begun to decline, which may indicate the peak of the flu season is coming to an end. Missouri has reports of 11,656 laboratory-confirmed cases of influenza from October 1, 2003 to January 3, 2004 - 981 of which were reported during the last week of that period. There were a total of 4,318 laboratory-confirmed cases during the 2002-2003 season.
The flu vacine is the best protection from catching the flu, however people who do not have access to the vacine can use common-practices to stay healthy. These practices include washing your hands often with soap and water, conering your mouth when you cough or sneeze, eating sensibly, getting enough rest, and staying at home when ill.
Physicians often do not treat otherwise healthy people with medications for the flu. They recommend bed rest, plenty of fluids, and medications for fever and aches, such as Tylenol, Advil, or Motrin. However, if you or a person you care for has not recovered after a few days or if symptoms worsen, you should consult your health care provider.
For more information about influenza, contact your physician or the Health Department at 573-683-2191.