NORTH TEXAS (CBSDFW.COM) â The number of flu cases continues to rise this year. So far, six children in Texas have died from the flu, including one in Tarrant County.
Hospitals and urgent care clinics are packed with sick patients right now. But, families can avoid the long wait times, by seeing a doctor right on their phone.READ MORE: State Sen. Bryan Hughes Defends Texas Abortion Law He Authored As Legal Challenges Mount
The Childrenâs Health Virtual Visit app lets patients access an urgent care provider, whenever itâs convenient for them.
âYou can be seen at home, you can be seen at your workplace, and itâs just much more efficient,â said Kenneth Dakin, a physicianâs assistant with Childrenâs Health.
Visitors also wonât be exposed to other sick patients in the waiting room in the middle of flu season.READ MORE: Young Woman Who Helped North Texas Police Bring Down Drug Ring Believes She Saved Lives
This past week, Childrenâs Medical Center Dallas saw 370 positive cases of influenza. Cook Childrenâs in Fort Worth had 334.
âWe started seeing the flu a few weeks ago, even before Thanksgiving, and now weâre just getting more and more cases developing,â Dakin said.
With the video conference technology in the app, sick adults or their children can talk to a doctor, get diagnosed and get prescribed medication all through their smartphone, tablet or computer. Itâs a $55 flat fee for a virtual visit.
âItâs really been gaining in appeal and I think thatâs because of the different ways you can use the application,â said Victoria Rodino, director of telehealth operations for Childrenâs Health. âItâs not just for one type of illness or sickness.âMORE NEWS: 'Your Rule-Making Proposal Sucks': Texas Lawmakers Scold Railroad Commission Head Over Potential Critical Infrastructure Loophole
According to the CDC, the flu is widespread in Texas right now. They advise people to wash their hands frequently to help prevent it from spreading, and to â of course â get a flu shot.