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Flu Cases Down this Week in Greene County

On Tuesday, the Springfield-Greene County Health Department held its weekly flu press conference to update the public on the latest regarding the H1N1 and seasonal flu. KSMU’s Matt Evans has this update.

Over the past week, 143 flu cases were reported in Greene County, bringing the total to 808 flu cases since August 31. Although that is more than the total number of flu cases last year, it is down 114 cases from last week. Jaci McReynolds is a spokesperson for the Springfield-Greene County Health Department.

“Every age group, with the exception of the senior population, saw a decrease in cases this week and we find that remarkable.”

Eighty-five percent of all the flu cases in Greene County were reported to be in the 24 and under age group. McReynolds said 6,400 doses of H1N1 vaccine arrived Tuesday morning including the first doses of thimerosal free vaccines intended for children between six months and 35 months old.

She also warned that even though the number of flu cases is down this week, that number could go up at any time.

“It’s important to remember that flu seasons can vary. So we remind people to continue to be vigilant, continue to wash your hands frequently with soap and water, continue to stay home if you’re sick, and please be patient as you wait for that H1N1 vaccination.”

McReynolds said there is a new public information hotline to answer questions about the H1N1 strain and the seasonal flu. That number is 874-1228.

For KSMU News, I’m Matt Evans.