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North Texas Flu Update – Protect Yourself!

Image of newspaperThe worst of this year’s deadly flu season may still be to come. If you don’t believe it, check out this article from dallasnews.com…

Seven more people in Dallas County have died from the flu, and North Texas may not have seen the worst of the deadly season yet, health officials said Tuesday. 
 
Dallas County Health and Human Services officials said it is too early to know if local cases have peaked or if they’re still on the rise. Flu cases typically peak between December and March. 
 
In total, 18 Dallas County deaths have been attributed to the flu since Oct. 1.
Already, that’s more than the 17 flu-related deaths reported in the entire 2016-17 season, health officials said. 
 
The worst season in recent years occurred in 2013-14, when 58 deaths were recorded in Dallas County — 55 adults and three children.
 
The high number of flu cases this season has closed schools and forced hospitals to re-route some patients. Read the whole article.

Just in case you hadn’t seen this yet, these are the most common flu symptoms, according to the May Clinic…

  • Fever over 100.4 F (38 C)
  • Aching muscles, especially in your back, arms and legs.
  • Chills and sweats.
  • Headache.
  • Dry, persistent cough.
  • Fatigue and weakness.
  • Nasal congestion.
  • Sore throat.

It’s very important to get tested for the flu because of the short window to prescribe Tamiflu if you do test positive. It’s recommended that Tamiflu be taken within 48 hours of flu onset. So protect yourself with a shot, if you haven’t already and get checked out at Hillcrest Medical immediately, if you start showing symptoms. From protective flu shots to diagnosis and treatment, we’ve got you covered.

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