2016-2017 Flu Season News

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What you Need to Know:

The Columbia/Boone County Department of Public Health and Human Services continues to monitor reports of flu cases in Boone County as a part of the 2016-2017 flu season. As your local public health agency, we want you to be aware of the flu in our community, and what you can do to reduce the spread of it. 

Fight Flu with a Flu Shot

The single best way to prevent getting the flu is to have a flu shot. Our Clinic (1005 W Worley St.) continues to offer the flu vaccine shot without an appointment. This service is offered on Monday – Friday, 8:00 AM – 4:30 PM.

  • Thanks to our generous sponsors, the University of Missouri Children’s Hospital and the David B. Lichtenstein Foundation, flu shots are FREE for all children ages 6 months thru 18 years.
  • The cost for the flu shot for adults 19 and older varies depending on insurance.  

For the 2016-2017 season, The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) recommends the use of the flu vaccine shot. The CDC says the nasal spray flu vaccine should not be used during 2016-2017. Click here to view the CDC’s 2016-2017 Flu Season Information for Parents for more information.

Additionally, here are some additional recommendations for good health habits to prevent someone from getting the flu.  

May 5, 2017 Update: 

The number of flu cases below represents only reported, laboratory-confirmed flu cases. It is important to note that the number of cases below may not be the actual total number of cases that are occurring. This is because not every person with the flu seeks medical care, and not every person who seeks medical care for the flu is tested.

The Missouri Department of Health and Senior Services is currently reporting regional flu activity throughout the state. Although we’ve experienced a decrease in the number of reported flu cases, that does not necessarily signal the end of the flu season. Flu season typically runs through late May.

Total Cases between September 25, 2016 and April 29, 2017: 1,469*

*Note: The number of cases represents only reported laboratory-confirmed cases. 

  • 268* cases reported the week of February 5 – 11, 2017
  • 204* cases reported the week of February 12 – 18, 2017
  • 126* cases reported the week of February 19 – 25, 2017
  • 56* cases reported the week of February 26 – March 4, 2017
  • 38* cases reported the week of March 5 – 11, 2017
  • 45* cases reported the week of March 12 – 18, 2017
  • 56* cases reported the week of March 19 – 25, 2017
  • 15* cases reported the week of March 26 – April 1, 2017
  • 6* cases reported the week of April 2 – 8, 2017
  • 7* cases reported the week of April 9 – 15, 2017
  • 0* cases reported the week of April 16 – 22, 2017
  • 3* cases reported the week of April 23 – 29, 2017

Graph of reported influenza cases by age group and type from 2016-2017

Graph of the Number of weekly reported influenza cases by type in Boone County between 2016 and 2017