Published: Fri, December 22, 2017
Medical | By Alyssa Little

Flu season likely to peak in the coming weeks

Flu season likely to peak in the coming weeks

Many of those reports focused on one strain of influenza found in Australia this year, which led to a record number of flu outbreaks.

The spike last week is within about 100 cases of the most reported in a single week for the past five flu seasons, according to city data.

The flu season total is now 1,646, compared to 451 at a similar point past year.

"Flu season typically does not peak until January or February", the health district said in a press release.

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Since August, there have there have been 709 cases of the flu reported.

The adult flu vaccine is available at the Dallas County immunization clinic located at 2377 N. Stemmons Fwy and the children's vaccine is available at all Dallas County Health and Human Services immunization clinics.

The vaccine can greatly lower one's chance of getting the flu, according to medical experts. Symptoms include fever, cough, sore throat, runny or stuffy nose, muscle or body aches, headaches and fatigue. Vaccination is more important for people with weakened immune systems, as well as those who are pregnant, elderly or live with or care for others at high risk.

The flu vaccine is the single best way to protect against catching and spreading flu.

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The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention recommends yearly flu vaccinations for everyone over the age of six months, although there are rare exceptions. "So if you're traveling to another part of the US where there's a flu outbreak, the close proximity to people will contribute to the virus being transmitted". In comparison, there were 87 cases of the flu reported at this time previous year. Sometimes, the vaccine fails due to a mismatch of virus strains.

In addition, they say the vaccine doesn't produce the same quality and strength of antibodies that a person's body develops after they get the flu.

"They've had it since, like, three months ago", Perez said.

Glenda Perez made sure her two young children got their flu shots.

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"We in public health like to say stay home, keep it to yourself, don't share with others".

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