The Division of Public Health collaborates with medical professionals, as well as local, regional, state, and federal agencies, to monitor the well-being of St. Charles County residents throughout the year. During flu season (late fall to early spring in our community), the division tracks cases of influenza reported through doctor’s offices and area hospitals. This report is a compilation of those cases reported to the division through this period.
Please click the "Additional Info" link below to view a PDF of the most recent influenza report.
Total cases reported since the 2015-2016 season began in October - 755
Total reports collected during the week ending 3/11/16 - 267*
*Please note that the number for this period may increase, as more cases are reported to the health department.
A contagious respiratory illness, influenza is spread through everyday interaction. It presents with symptoms such as fever, cough, stuffy nose, sore throat, headache, nausea and general fatigue and typically lasts for a few days to a long week. However, in some cases — especially in those 65 or older, people with certain chronic medical conditions and young children — the illness can be more severe and life threatening. For more information on influenza, please visit http://www.sccmo.org/593/flu.
While the best way to prevent the spread of influenza is the flu shot, there are other steps that you and your family can take. The first step is to regularly wash your hands with warm, soapy water or to use a hand sanitizer. Covering your mouth whenever you sneeze or cough and throwing away soiled tissues will help to minimize the sharing of germs. If you do happen to experience any symptoms, staying home and avoiding contact with others until 24 hours after a fever subsides will help keep others from getting sick as well. For those that are sick, medical professionals may prescribe antiviral medication to help.