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Flu Season: Shaping up to be Longer, More Severe


Children’s Mercy is seeing more cases of influenza earlier than usual, indicating that this flu season could be longer and more severe than normal.

Last season was the longest influenza season on record in the last 25 years, lasting 21 weeks; the typical average is 13 weeks.

In the video above, Angela Myers, MD, MPH, Director-Division of Infectious Diseases, explains the situation and provides reminders on precautions you should take to reduce your risk of getting sick or spreading germs, including:

  • Get your flu shot;
  • Cover your cough;
  • Wash your hands; and
  • Stay home if you’re sick!

If you need to visit Urgent Care - skip the wait and save your spot. Here's how it works:

  • Choose the location closest to you.
  • Select a time that works best.
  • Complete a short form, and you’re in line.
  • We can even send text message reminders as your scheduled time draws near.


Learn more about the Division of Infectious Disease at Children's Mercy.