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What you need to know about flu season in Houston

What you need to know about flu season in Houston

Two flu-related deaths were reported Wednesday by the Dallas County Health and Human Services Department, bringing this flu season's death count to three.

Widespread activity is the highest level of flu activity, which indicates increased flu-like activity or flu outbreaks in at least half of the regions in the state, according to the health officials.

The first cases of the flu for the 2017-2018 season appeared in September, slightly earlier than the typical October 1 start of the season.

The flu season has started early. "The highest number of flu-related hospitalizations has occurred among those who are older than 50 years of age, as well as children younger than 5, which are both groups at greater risk of experiencing severe illness and complications due to flu", the health department said in a statement on November 30.

The Peterson Health staff has the following pieces of advice, saying the flu can knock you off your feet; but knowing how to pamper oneself can help you feel better faster.

There is still time to get a flu shot.

Believe it or not, wash your hands. Germs spread this way. Vaccination is especially important for those persons at high risk from flu complications including people 50 years of age and older, young children, persons with chronic lung disease (such as asthma and COPD), diabetes (type 1 and 2), heart disease, neurological conditions, other long-term health conditions, and pregnant women. There are ample supplies available throughout the state. People without medical insurance can go to a county public health center to get vaccinated. Although most people fully recover from the flu, some experience severe illness like pneumonia and respiratory failure, and the flu can sometimes be fatal. Kentuckians are advised to call before arriving for a vaccination.

Earlier this month, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention declared that influenza is now widespread in CT. If you are not, please consider subscribing today and support our work in the community.