Flu season is coming early in parts of the United States: This time last year, flu cases were lower in the St. Louis area than they are now, according to data on Google's Flu Trends. (Ballwin or Ellisville-specific data is not available on Flu Trends.)
Overall in Missouri, activity is considered high now, while it was considered low at this time in 2011, according to Flu Trends.
If you're considering getting a flu shot, here are some places in Ballwin or Ellisville that offer the vaccine:
- Walgreens, 1346 Clarkson Clayton Center
- Walgreens, 1391 Big Bend Road
- Walgreens, 14529 Manchester Road
- Shop 'n Save, 15446 Manchester Road
- Target, 15025 Manchester Road
According to this week's CDC Flu activity report, influenza levels are on the increase across the country.
Five states – Texas, Louisiana, Alabama, Mississippi, Tennessee – are reporting flu rates not normally seen until January, according to the Centers for Disease Control. The flu season normally peaks in January and February.
Holiday travel and more time spent indoors due to soggy weather will contribute to the spread of the flu virus, so now is the time to get vaccinated.
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention offers the following information: