by Tim Church


BRANSON, Mo. – Taney County is seeing a significant rise in flu activity this season, with 220 confirmed cases as of Wednesday.

The Taney County Health Department reports children ages 5 to 14 are among the many affected by the flu in recent weeks. Taney County Health Department Epidemiologist Nathan Koffarnus says this is shaping up to be a particularly bad flu season:



Koffarnus adds those at highest risk are the elderly, pregnant women, infants or those with other health conditions. Flu symptoms include fever, cough, sore throat, runny or stuffy nose, body aches, headaches and fatigue.

Anyone that has already contracted the flu should limit their contact with others, cover their face when coughing or sneezing, wash hands thoroughly and avoid touching your eyes, nose and mouth.

Koffarnus says two of the best ways people can limit their risk of getting the flu is by getting an annual flu shot and washing their hands on a regular basis.

The Taney County Health Department is still in supply of flu shots and are accepting appointments. For more information, or to schedule your flu shot, call the Taney County Health Department at (417) 334-4544 or (417) 546-4725 or visit the website at