Health officials across Texas have been urging residents to get their flu shots and Wednesday leaders from Tarrant County and the City of Fort Worth set out to lead by example.
As predicted, this year’s flu vaccine is doing a pretty crummy job. It’s only 23 percent effective, primarily because it doesn’t include the bug that is making most people sick.
While doctors don’t underestimate the viciousness of the Ebola virus they say the greater threat to public health, by far, is influenza. They’re concerned fears about Ebola will make people forget to get vaccinated.
Gov. Rick Perry will join other dignitaries in College Station at the dedication of what’s described as a national pandemic influenza vaccine facility.
The number of people dying from the flu has gone up again in North Texas. Both Collin and Hunt County reported their first flu-related deaths of the season on Monday.
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!”
More people are packing into urgent care clinics, seeking a vaccine, as hospitals overflow with flu-concerned patients.
Hundreds of people turned away at Chase Oaks Family Center in Plano after flu vaccines are used up.
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.
Fort Worth health workers are looking into what may be another flu-related death.
As the flu continues to spread across North Texas one woman says a deadly strain of the H1N1 virus killed her otherwise healthy husband.
Cities across North Texas are taking strong measures to try to stop the spread of the flu. In fact, some hospitals are asking people to leave their children at home when they visit patients.