Missouri hardest hit with flu virus in U.S.
HANNIBAL, MO —
While much of the Country has been ravaged by the flu this flu season, Missouri has been the hit the hardest.
More than 40,000 cases have been reported compared to last year’s 6,000.
Dr. Hossein Behniaye at Hannibal Regional Medical group says they've seen a significant rise in influenza cases locally.
He says influenza A is targeting those with weaker immune systems such as young children or patients above the age of 65.
Symptoms of Influenza A include common cold symptoms. However, he says the most concerning symptoms are fever, muscle pains, bone pain and chills.
Dr. Behniaye says if you have these symptoms it's important to visit your doctor to help with the severity of the virus.
“If they develop those symptoms they need to see their doctor as soon as possible. Why? Because within 48 hours if they see their physicians or health care providers there is an antiviral medication that could be given which decreases the symptoms of severity and duration,” said Dr. Behniaye.
Dr. Behniaye says the flu season has yet to see a decline.
If you have the flu, he says to stay home unless you need to seek medical help.
Dr. Behniaye says, the flu last about seven days. Flu season is expected to stay around for another 13 to 14 weeks. He says it is not too late to get vaccinated.