The flu is widespread in Illinois, Iowa, and Missouri, according to the latest report from the CDC.
With one Tri-State school district closing down due to a flu outbreak last week and the YMCA in Hannibal asking parents to keep sick kids home, the Adams County Health Department is sharing tips to protect your family.
Health habits they suggest include cleaning and disinfecting surfaces, washing your hands, covering your mouth and nose, to help prevent germs from spreading especially when someone is sick.
They are advising people to get a flu shot every year, especially young children and older people with weaker immune systems.
“It’s gonna build up for you, so even if you do get the flu later, the chances are it’s gonna be a much milder case and plus it’s gonna protect those around you who aren’t able to get it,” Misty Spilker with the Adams County Health Department said.
Some symptoms of the flu include include fever, cough and muscle aches.
Officials also say if you are sick stay home.
The CDC estimates so far this season at least 13 million flu illnesses, 120,000 hospitalizations and 6,600 deaths from flu.
To read more prevention tips and information on the flu click here. State reports can be seen below.