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Report: Why so many people are getting sick

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According to the Center for Disease Control the state of Missouri reported the highest number of flu outbreaks, with more than 3,000 outbreaks reported just last week for the region. According to the Center for Disease Control the state of Missouri reported the highest number of flu outbreaks, with more than 3,000 outbreaks reported just last week for the region.
PRAIRIE VILLAGE, KS (KCTV) -

People have probably noticed a trend at work and at home that many people may be sick right now, and some surprising numbers from the government may explain why this is the case.

According to the Center for Disease Control the state of Missouri reported the highest number of flu outbreaks, with more than 3,000 outbreaks reported just last week for the region.

Missouri is part of a region that includes Kansas, Iowa and Nebraska.

Dr. Steve Lauer, a pediatrician at KU Med said the reason why people are seeing an outbreak is because the physical stability of the virus likes cool dry weather.

"The numbers are still rising. The CDC keeps track of these every week and so the curve is on an upward trend and the question is, how high does it go?" said Dr. Steve Lauer. "The flu shot is still the way to go."

Holding her 15-month old baby girl, Landry, Katie DeBolt, of Olathe, KS, said her family has been fortunate this flu season.

"We have been very lucky to not get the flu so far this year, probably due to the vaccine," DeBolt said.

DeBolt is a mother of three. Landry is her youngest, and recently they visited at the University of Kansas Hospital Pediatric Clinic in Prairie Village.

"She is actually getting her second flu shot in the series, and it is just her 15-month check-up and just time for her other one," DeBolt said.

DeBolt says she is taking every precaution to make sure her family stays safe.

"We do lots of hand washing at our house ... a lot of hand washing, and hand sanitizer for the older ones," DeBolt said.

Lauer said it is not too late to get a flu shot, and while the vaccine doesn't prevent every case, it can prevent the most severe cases.

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