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East Texas: reports of influenza numbers increase across region

Uptick in flu across the state. (Source: KTRE) Uptick in flu across the state. (Source: KTRE)
Health experts recommend to get the flu vaccine. (Source: KTRE) Health experts recommend to get the flu vaccine. (Source: KTRE)
EAST TEXAS (KTRE) -

Influenza has spread across Texas in the span of few weeks and flu-like symptoms have spiked according to the Texas Department of Health Services.

Across the state, the spread of the virus as a result has led to more than 2,400 deaths and at least five school closures.

In Angelina and surrounding counties, many people have reported testing positive with the flu.... falling victim to the virus.

Brigg Husband, 4, does not like the illness one bit. He said having the flu requires taking medicine, napping a lot, and then sleep a lot and miss school. He loves school, but his biggest disappointment he said, "can't even have friends over."

The health department expert for Angelina County and Cities Health District said this is unusual for this time of the year.

"Flu seasons change from year to year. Last year was a very slow flu season, but this year it was slow and now it has really taken off and it has peaked,” said Sarah Adams, public health and infectious diseases director.

The health department says more hospitals are reporting an increase of patients with the virus.

"Influenza A strain in being reported and that's the H1N1 and H3N2,” Adams said.

Wendy Tarvar had the Type A flu less than a month ago after her husband had.

"I'm still coughing and it was three weeks ago that I had the flu,” Tarvar said.

Although Tarvar no longer has the flu, she said people in her neighborhood have the caught the virus.

With more patients seeking care, the health department says the biggest preventive measure against the flu: Get the shot.

"If you know that you're sick, you need to stay home. You don't need to go to work, you don't need to go to church, and you don't need to expose others. Think about the community before you put others at risk,” Adams said.

The health district has flu shots available for $20 for everyone ages six months and up.

As a reminder, cover your coughs using your arm...and frequently wash your hands.
 

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