ST. LOUIS, MO (KTVI)– Its flu season and we wanted to check in with local health departments and hospitals to see what the numbers are so far.
We stopped by Mercy Hospital and caught up with local health departments to get the numbers and according to officials.
Flu numbers are actually on track with what they normally see this time of year. Doctors say numbers were lower last year because of the mild winter. They are expecting cases to get back to normal levels. One area with high numbers is out in St. Francis County where they have had 144 cases since October 14th compared to zero at the same time last year. Most of those affected are between 5 to 24 years old. The high school is keeping a close eye on cases. Doctors say people are confusing a cold with the flu.
According to the department of health since October first there have been 210 cases in St. Louis city, 329 in St. Louis city and more than 850 statewide. The health departments say numbers are at normal levels.
Doctors also say it’s never too late to get your flu shot.