A North Texas mother of three has died from the flu. Now her family is sharing their traumatic experience and encouraging others to take this year’s dangerous strain of influenza seriously.
As the flu virus continues its deadly spread across North Texas, health officials are telling those who have been avoiding flu shots that there is still time to get protected. And many hold outs are beginning to listen.
The small lobby of the Neighborhood Clinic on Collins in Arlington was cramped with patients Monday, many of them suffering flu-like symptoms. When asked if the number of patients was larger than normal a doctor said, “Oh goodness, yes!”
Dallas County and other North Texas health departments are overrun with people — who are only now getting vaccinated for fear they’ll get the flu. The rush comes even though health officials have urged people to get their shot since last September.
Texas first lady Anita Perry has joined forces with state health officials to urge people to get flu shots.
The flu has gotten so bad across North Texas that some events have been canceled, and hospitals are changing old habits to stop the virus from spreading any further.
The flu is spreading rapidly in North Texas. Late last week, there were seven hundred cases. As of Monday, the number has grown to more than 18-hundred confirmed cases.
A new high-dose flu vaccine for seniors works better than the standard shot in that age group. Regular flu shots tend to be only about 30 to 40 percent effective in people 65 and older. Sanofi Pasteur’s Fluzone High-Dose vaccine boosted that to 50 percent.
Dr. Crystal Foster looks ahead at the upcoming flu season, and discusses a study about how the bacteria inside of humans could impact a person’s weight.
Flu season is here, and Dallas County has already reported its first confirmed death from the illness. But there is a new reason this year that doctors are warning people about the importance of getting the flu shot.
Officials with Dallas County Health and Human Services (DCHHS) are reporting the county’s first known adult flu-related death for the 2013-2014 flu season.
He’s best known for his roles in TV’s “The Six Million Dollar Man,” and as “The Fall Guy,” but in his latest role, actor Lee Majors is urging adults 65 and older who are at higher risk for the flu and flu-related symptoms, to get their flu shots.