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.”

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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.

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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.

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