Cruises to Alaska are no longer in season, but the so-called Alaskan flu is lurking in the Show-Me-State. Kristin Marinec has that story from Jefferson City.
A national study says about 70,000 tourists visit Alaska and the Yukon Territory each week.
Some tourists from Missouri have reported influenza-like symptoms commonly being called the "Alaskan flu."
A travel agency manager in Jefferson City has already taken preventative measures.
A spokesman for the Missouri Department of Health says the flu is typical for this time of year, and urges everyone to get a flu shot. Reporting from the state capitol, I'm Kristin Marinec.
A new name is becoming all too common in the world of coughs, fevers and sneezes. Kristin Marinec has that story from Jefferson City.
Some American tourists taking cruises to Alaska and the Yukon Territory have come down with what's being called the "Alaskan flu."
A spokeswoman for the Missouri Department of Health says the "Alaskan flu" strain is nothing new, but does expect the virus to be a part of the flu season.
Nanci Gonder hopes the publicity the "Alaskan flu" has received will persuade people to get flu shots.
Gonder says the flu season usually begins in Missouri by mid-December. Reporting from the state capitol, I'm Kristin Marinec.