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Flu cases decline but season isn't over yet

Although the CDC reported this flu season has peaked and the number of cases are declining, the season is not over and could last into May (FILE)

As we near spring, flu season is coming to an end.

Dr. George Carr with Jefferson City Medical Group appeared on KRCG 13 Live at Sunrise to discuss what we've learned from one of the worst flu seasons we've seen in years.

He recommended getting the shot early.

"The vaccine itself even if it's not as effective as we want it to be, it still gives protection," Carr said. "Folks who got influenza (and were vaccinated) had a milder shorter illness."

The CDC reported 114 children died from influenza, making this 2017-2018 season an especially deadly one.

According to the Missouri Department of Health and Senior Services data, the Feb 25 to March 3 report showed 3,117 patients tested positive for the flu. That's down from a total of 10,550 cases the same time one month ago. However the state did see a total of 193 flu-associated deaths this year and the numbers coming in are still high.

Although the CDC reported this flu season has peaked and the number of cases are declining, the season is not over and could last into May.


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