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Flu Cases Climbing Up Steadily In US

Update Date: Dec 29, 2013 10:36 AM EST

The recent statistics show that there is a gradual rise in the number of flu cases in parts of the country like Kansas City. The rise has been steady in the past few weeks which is a possible sign that the season my peak early in the coming year.

“We’re kind of mirroring last year, when the flu season peaked in mid-January," said Jeff Hershberger of the Kansas City Health Department according to Kansas City Star.

The total reported cases to Health Department in this season increase from 75 during Thanksgiving week to alarming 264 in the week ending Dec. 15.

“While the numbers still look pretty low,” Hershberger added, “they’re accelerating.”

In West River region, increasing numbers of cases of influenza have also been reported. Doctors issued warnings to everyone including people who were not even living nearby the West River region.

“In the last two weeks down here at Falls, we’ve seen at least five or six people who have influenza-like illnesses who are probably positive for it. The flu shot is the number one way to prevent getting the flu bug this year,” said Dr. Mark List at Falls Community Health, according to KSFY.

The flu vaccination takes around ten days to take effect.

“I think the big thing to remember is that if you have signs and symptoms of influenza, so any rapid onset of high fever coughs things like that, that we really need those folks to practice good respiratory hygiene,” said Sandy Frentz, Public Health Manager at Sioux Falls Health Department according to KSFY.

“It is here. It’s around. Stay safe, go to your doctor, go to the pharmacy, get your flu shots,” added Dr. List.

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