Health directors say normally the numbers of cases Joplin is seeing now don't occur for another 6 weeks. They say the data shows people should protect themselves against the flu.
"That doesn't mean you still shouldn't get a flu shot and get that protection with somebody who comes in contact with it," says Daniel Pekarek, Community Health Director.
Health directors say they don't know when flu season will peak or if it will be different than normal. Doctors say it usually peaks in February.