Texas one state seeing higher than normal number of cases
There’s a good reason you see all those signs advertising flu shots at your local pharmacy. The reason is that the flu season is getting off to an early start this season.
“About two weeks ago we began to see a brisk uptick in the number of cases. And we’ve had at least one pediatric death,” Carol Baker of Texas Children’s Hospital told KTRH.
“That usually means a bad season,” Baker explained. “Large number of hospitalizations, increased number of deaths.”
Texas is one of five states in the South seeing higher numbers of flu cases than usual. Dr. David Persse, the Public Health Authority in Houston, says it’s been an abnormal season so far.
“We’ve seen a big spike in the reports of influenza like illnesses. It brings us up to a threshold that we usually don’t see for about another six weeks. So this is a little bit unusual,” Persse said.
Persse tells KTRH if you haven't gotten your flu shot yet, do so now.
“There remains quit a bit of vaccine available. A lot of pharmacies are still advertising they have vaccine available. A lot of doctors offices still have vaccine available,” Persse explained.
Even the doctors in Houston that haven't seen a lot of flue cases are encouraging you to get your flu shot.
“It’s absolutely not too late to get a flu shot,” Baker explained. “The season is going to go at least till February and into March.”
Hear the podcast with Matt Patrick and Houston's Morning News as he talks with Dr. Persse: