SPRINGFIELD, Mo. - We've been hearing about it for weeks, but health officials say the number of flu cases across the country are going up every day.
This is the sixth week in a row we've seen an increase in the number of cases in Greene County.
Doctors reported more than 140 new cases.
Health officials across the country say this could be the worst flu season in a decade.
But it's not just the flu that's bringing folks into emergency rooms across the Ozarks.
"They call it cold and flu season for a reason because it really comes around this time of year," says Dr. Christopher Spinelli, a pediatrician with the Ozarks Community Hospital's Springfield clinic.
Dr. Spinelli says he's seen a lot of kids coughing and sneezing lately because of a common respiratory virus.
"It's RSV season so they can give kids head colds, even adults bad cold symptoms. The little guys and girls can get bronchiolitis, sometimes they'll be wheezy and have a hard time with retractions and breathing faster," Spinelli explains.