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Healthcare experts stress flu prevention amid Coronavirus scare

Local healthcare staff say the chances of getting the flu are drastically higher for most than getting coronavirus.

Posted: Jan 30, 2020 5:17 PM
Updated: Jan 31, 2020 8:39 AM

(ST. JOSEPH, Mo.)  With concern over the Coronavirus growing, local healthcare officials want to remind people of the flu virus.

Staff say now is the peak season for the respiratory virus, and people shouldn't let concern for the Coronavirus overshadow flu prevention. 

We don't want to go farther than where the facts take us," Connie Werner, clinical supervisor St. Joseph Health Department said. "We want you to stay within the realm of science and what the studies have shown."

 Staff said if patients have not been to China or have had direct contact with someone who has, they likely don't have to worry about catching Coronavirus, and they stress the importance of keeping things in perspective.

Local healthcare staff said the clinic is still offering flu shots for this season, the vaccine is available Monday through Friday from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. 

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The warming trend will continue tomorrow with temperatures climbing into the mid to upper 60s under mostly sunny skies. Winds will also be much calmer today out of the east about 5-10 mph. Temperatures will make a run towards the 70s on Thursday with most areas landing in the upper 60s for highs as sunshine continues. A disturbance will pass to the south of our area on Friday bringing us a few clouds. Temperatures will drop down into the 50s on Friday before quickly warming back up for the weekend. The weekend is looking warm and sunny with highs in the low to mid 60s. Next week looks to start off just as warm with temperatures remaining well above average in the 60s.
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