TEXAS (CBSDFW.COM) – Restricted travel has meant less opportunity for the flu virus to spread into Texas so far this winter.
“It is not magical. Flu does not fly 10,000 miles,” said “ Dr. Joseph Chang, Chief Medical Officer, Parkland Health & Hospital System. “Someone takes it 10,000 miles somewhere else and then starts spreading it there. This year, a lot of that trouble has not occurred because of COVID.”READ MORE: Dallas Wings Partner With American Cancer Society To Shrink Health Equity Gap
So far, only 150 Texans have contracted the flu, which the Center For Disease Control considers a “minimal” amount.
Epidemiologists typically look to Australia for an idea of what to expect. And the southern hemisphere also saw a milder than usual flu season this year.
Typically, flu season peaks between December and February.READ MORE: City of Dallas Re-Launches In-Home COVID-19 Vaccinations, Opting For Moderna Instead of Johnson & Johnson
Dr. Chang reminds that is isn’t too late to receive your flu shot.
Click here for a list where you can get a free flu shot in Tarrant County.
MORE FROM CBSDFWMORE NEWS: Burleson Police Officer Stable After Being Shot 'Multiple' Times, Search Continues For 3 Suspects