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CAPE GIRARDEAU, MO (KFVS) - Across Missouri, health officials say flu cases are on the rise, with some 500 new patients reported in just the last week.

In the Heartland, confirmed cases of flu rose slightly in recent weeks in Southeast Missouri. At this point in the season, however health officials consider our numbers to be moderate.

At the Health Department in Cape Girardeau, Charlotte Craig says they've had 18 confirmed cases, but there are probably more out there. She says this strain of flu can still make you pretty sick, but at mid season, they are still happy to call the numbers mild. Still, they are up slightly from this time last year. Remember in 2010 we were dealing with the tough H1N1 strain.

"We have had it pick up in the past few days," said Craig. "The best advice is to wash your hands often, and stay home if you're sick. Remember the new way to sneeze is into your elbow, and not your hands."

There are also plenty of flu shots available.

"It's not too late. We've had several people get shots today," said Craig.

Craig says the cases of stomach and respiratory infections far out number the flu. If you've had either, Craig says you probably noticed they just seem to linger for days.

Illinois and Kentucky also report cases of flu are on the up swing in those states as well.

For more information on the flu, check out the links below.

DHSS.gov

CDC.gov

Influenza 

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