Flu numbers down locally but concern still on the rise

COLLEGE STATION, Tex. (KBTX) - The numbers are down but the concern is still high in the Brazos Valley as a deadly flu season continues its trek across the United States.

Locally the health department says things are getting better after a rough start this year, but doctors are still being cautious.

"This flu has really wreaked havoc, no doubt about it," said Baylor Scott and White Physician Dr. Seth Sullivan. "As much science and technology that we have in 2018, it is amazing how influenza is such a challenge."

Nationally that challenge is getting worst; locally the number of patients reporting the flu is down. Last week there were 601 cases that are down from nearly 747 the week before.

"They are taking on sicker patients it seems. More than they were before but able to handle the numbers,” said Sullivan.

In recent weeks he says they've seen an increase in the number of people diagnosed with the B strain of influenza.

"At the end of the day they do the same thing they cause the fever the joint aches and the muscle aches and they can be deadly," he said.

While the rest of the country is also dealing with supply shortages Sullivan says his staff has been able to conserve.

"We're aware of what’s happening nationally and the demand of the epidemic is putting on everybody both supply and medication wise,” said Sullivan.

And when it comes to keeping those germs at bay Sullivan says it starts with good sanitation, but He doesn't think flu concerns are done.

"Right now we are in a wave,” he said. “Sometimes quiet and then later on maybe in February or later on we will see another wave come in."

Medical staffs at both Caprock ER and The College Station Medical Center say the number of cases they've seen has started to level out. Just this weekend Caprock saw about 7 to 8 patients a day with flu-like symptoms.