The number of cases statewide began to climb in late December and may rise further before peaking.
The state health department is reporting "widespread" flu activity for the fourth consecutive week of this flu season.
Missouri has seven times the number of confirmed flu cases compared to this time previous year.
The Centers for Disease Control has reported 13-flu related deaths in children this season. The state may be four to six weeks away from seeing a peak.
The Newfoundland and Labrador Medical Association previous year criticized the provincial decision to stop paying doctors to give the shot in favour of more free clinics. ACMC, which participates in the Minnesota Department of Health influenza surveillance program, experienced "a really big spike" in influenza-like illness right after the holidays, Lesteberg said. Flu season lasts from October through March each year, and typically peaks around January or February.
"Recently, the CDC issued a health advisory advising clinicians that all hospitalized and high-risk persons with suspected influenza should be treated with antiviral medications and that benefits are observed even when treatment is initiated beyond two days of illness onset", he said.
Public health influenza vaccination clinics are available at county health departments, medical providers and pharmacies throughout the state.
The current flu season is shaping up to be more severe than in years past. Last year, the flu vaccine was 39 percent effective.
Kris Ehresmann, director of infectious disease with the Minnesota Department of Health, called the rumors "misleading".
John Haggie told CBC's On the Go on Thursday that since the start of flu clinics in October, 109,783 vaccines have been administered, compared with 106,077 over the entire flu season a year ago. In 2016, the total was 20,101, and in 2015 there were 54,316 total flu cases reported.
"These personal losses are a reminder for all of us that flu can be a serious illness, for young and old alike", said Public Health Commissioner Dr. Jeffrey D. Howard.
"The most important thing people can do to help our family and loved ones is to get the vaccination rates up", Teacutter said.
"It's not too late to get your flu shot". It's your best chance of preventing the flu.
Family Practice Medical Center has used up nearly all its vaccine supply but has some pediatric doses available for children under the age of 3, she said. In addition to the vaccine, people should take every day preventive actions such as washing their hands often, staying home if they are sick with the flu and coughing in their sleeve as opposed to their hands. "You feel like you've been run over by a truck", said Cartter.