As more cases of the H1N1 virus, or Swine Flu, are reported in Missouri, it has become apparent that young people are particularly at risk.
As of last Saturday, October 17th, 5,365 cases of flu had been recorded in Missouri. That has skyrocketed from the median number of flu cases reported in the state by the third weekend in October – 34. Kit Wagar with the State Department of Health and Senior Services says most of the current cases affect children.
“Of that (5,365) 58 percent or about 3,100 were aged 5-17,” said Wagar in an interview with the Missourinet. “So school age children are really bearing the brunt of this pandemic right now.”