3 deaths in Cape Girardeau Co. attributed to flu

CAPE GIRARDEAU COUNTY, MO (KFVS) - Three deaths in Cape Girardeau County, Missouri have been attributed to the flu.

According to the Cape Girardeau County Health Department, there have been 1,112 type A flu cases and 170 type B flu cases.

Of the three deaths, the health department didn't have ages but said that none of them were children.

Vanessa Presley with the Cape County Health Department said there have been 49 flu-related deaths to date in Missouri compared to just two cases this time last year.

Presley says being cautious of yourself and those around you is the best way to prevent the spread of the flu.

"Wash your hands a lot, stay away from people who are sick, encourage your workers if they are sick stay home those are important things, that's most of what we can do," she said.

She says this year's flu vaccine does treat for some of the strains they are seeing.

That's why doctors are still recommending you get the flu shot because it could mean a faster recovery.

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