Flu Season Shows No Sign Of Ending Soon

DALLAS (CBSDFW.COM)  – Despite the spring-like weather, the flu season may be weeks away from tapering off, according to the Dallas County health director.

Zachary Thompson told CBS 11 News the peak of the flu season could be weeks if not more than a month away.

So far this season, Dallas County has reported 35 flu-related deaths.

“We are still reporting deaths so that may move our peak period to late February but definitely into February,” Thompson said.

The county health director said he expects another week of hospitals flooded with flu patients.

Some, like Baylor Hospitals, remain on “code yellow” – a proactive alert to keep up with the high number of cases.

However, compared to a week ago the number of positive flu tests in the county is down slightly from 969 to 930. Plus, the percentage of positive influenza tests is also down from 23.3% to 21.9%.

Thompson said this doesn’t necessary mean Dallas has seen the worst of the flu season this year.

“I think what we really have to look at is the next three weeks will give us a good indication on where we are going,” Thompson said.

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