The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention uses a color-coded map to report influenza activity across the United States. In the latest FluView report, Missouri is in the red, representing the highest of 10 influenza activity levels.

Missouri is one of seven states in the United States currently at the highest level of flu activity.

The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention uses a color-coded map to report influenza activity across the United States. In the latest FluView report, Missouri is in the red, representing the highest of 10 influenza activity levels. 

Influenza is a respiratory illness that hits suddenly and brings fever, cough, sore throat, fatigue and muscle aches.

If you think you have the flu, it is advised that you see your doctor and ask about antiviral drugs. People at high risk for flu complications and people who are very sick with the flu should get antiviral drugs. Some other people can be treated with antivirals at their health care provider’s discretion. Treatment works best when begun within 48 hours of getting sick but still can be beneficial when given later in the course of illness. 

Influenza should not be confused with what people sometimes call “the stomach flu,” an illness that is usually caused by the norovirus.

Throughout the current flu season, Influenza A (H3) viruses have been the most commonly reported strain. The CDC recommends annual flu vaccination for everyone 6 months of age and older and encourages anyone who has not gotten vaccinated yet this season to get vaccinated now.