(Springfield, Mo.--11/27/17) Flu outbreaks are most prevalent during the cold season with Missouri seeing a spike statewide, so now would be a good time to get a flu shot if you plan on doing so this year.
Our Brennon Gurley spoke to medical experts to see what Greene County is seeing and what were doing to prevent those numbers from spiking.
More than 900 Missourians tested positive for the flu this season in comparison to only 200 this time last year.
"The flu vaccine is a pretty good match. It seems like we haven’t seen a lot of cases yet in Greene County, but some surrounding counties are experiencing high flu numbers already," explains Becky Sigrest, Director of Infection Services at CoxHealth.
Despite not seeing a spike in the flu in Greene County, Sigrest says the area has already begun seeing a typical surge in seasonal illnesses like colds and other viruses.
"There are other viruses out there and even just the common cold that you may think the flu so you protect yourself and others the same exact way just good hand washing, good hygiene."
She says fever is one of the most common symptoms of the flu.
"Chills, fatigue, body ache, headache, fever although fever not all the time, a lot of congestion, runny nose, cough."
Doctors suggest getting your shot as soon as possible, but the flu shot takes two weeks before it can protect you from the virus.
"The single most effective thing that you can do to prevent the flu and the spread of the flu is to get a vaccine every year."
The Centers for Disease and Control recommends that everyone six months of age and older get a flu vaccine every season.
"Prevention is the best cure."
Not only is the flu shot important for yourself, it can also help stop the spread of illness.
"People who are getting chemo therapy, people with heart disease, diabetes, the very young children who can’t have the flu vaccine you’re protecting them by protecting yourself."