Flu Kills 5 In TX, Confirmed Flu Activity in South Plains

CBS News reported on Christmas Day that five people in Texas died this year from the H1N1 strain of the flu – also known as Swine Flu.
LUBBOCK, TX -- CBS News reported on Christmas Day that five people in Texas died this year from the H1N1 strain of the flu – also known as Swine Flu.

The number of Texans reporting the flu or flu-like illness is higher compared to this same time last year. According to the Texas Department of State Health Services Lubbock, Crosby, Floyd, Hale, Hockley, and Lynn Counties all have laboratory-confirmed flu cases.

For mid-December more than 9% of all doctor visits in Texas were for the flu or suspected flu. And while flu activity is higher than this time last year, so far no pediatric deaths have been reported in Texas for this flu season.

Six weeks ago fewer than 100 flu tests were reported to DSHS and less than 5% of them tested positive. But for mid-December it was more than 600 tests and more than 30% of them tested positive. DSHS now reports widespread flu activity in Texas.

To reduce your risk, DSHS recommends staying informed, getting vaccinated and frequently washing hands with soap & water or hand sanitizer.
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