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Flu Cases Rising In Brazos County

If you haven't had a flu shot yet, some say it's time to get in gear.

Texas is one of five southern states already seeing widespread flu-like illnesses and the number of reported cases in Brazos County is on the rise right now.

It has the potential to be a very bad flu season and we still have more than three months time before the season ends.

With the cold weather bringing people inside and the holiday crowds, the number of people catching the flu is rising.

It's no fun being sick; just ask Amanda Putz's son Hayden.

The Wellborn family was spending the evening at Brazos Valley Urgent Care in College Station after 6-year-old Hayden started feeling sick this week.

"He started getting sniffles. Last two days he's been extremely bad. Fever really bad today and sniffles and nausea, fatigue. All of the symptoms of the flu," said Amanda Putz.

He and his mom have both gotten flu vaccines this year, so she wasn't sure what he had.

"He did sweat out today when he woke up from a nap and as you can tell he's having a bad cough and the fatigue. But he hasn't really had an appetite. Every now and then he'll have an appetite," she said.

According to the Brazos County Health Department 32 new positive flu cases have been reported in the past week while a year ago it was 17 over the same time period.

But cases are voluntarily reported by doctors, health clinics and hospitals, so we don't have a complete picture of just how severe it is yet.

Both strains of Influenza A and B are being found too.

Everyone six months and older is encouraged to get a flu shot or flu mist.

"It's something you need to get every year, to go see your pharmacist, your doctor," said Julie Anderson, the Community Health Services Director for the Brazos County Health Department.

Anderson says the flu usually lingers longer than a cold.

"With the flu you do run a high fever. It usually lasts for several days. You have body aches, you have a general malaise. It's just tired you don't feel well," said Anderson, who is a Registered Nurse.

"I just hope he can get over it and that way he can enjoy the holidays," said Amanda Putz.

After our interview News 3 found out 6-year-old Hayden didn't have the flu after all, but a pretty bad sinus infection and allergies.

His mom plans to continue getting flu shots for her family and herself each season.

Flu vaccinations at the Brazos County Health Department cost $20.

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention estimates at least 112 million Americans have received a flu shot this season.

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Health officials are seeing a spike in flu cases in Brazos County and experts are saying the time to get a flu shot is now.

This could be shaping up to be a rough year for people getting the flu.

Texas is one of five southern states already seeing widespread flu-like illnesses and the number of reported cases in Brazos County is on the rise right now.

According to the Brazos County Health Department 32 new positive cases have been reported in the past week while a year ago it was 17 over the same time period.

It's important to note though that the flu cases are only voluntarily reported by area doctors offices and hospitals so it doesn't give us a complete picture of what's happening here.

Not every case gets reported.

Health Department officials recommend flu shots for adults and flu mist for children.

Flu season runs from now until March and so far more than 750 people have received flu shots at the Brazos County Health Department, where the vaccine is available for $20.

Unlike like previous flu seasons, there's not a shortage of the vaccines this time and drug stores and the health department have a steady supply.

Every one six months and older is encouraged to get vaccinated.

"So there's already been early reporting and we're already starting to see increases in both Influenza A and B and so we've been trying hard not to concentrate really on the number just more about the prevention and the fact that already we're trying to see flu cases and pseudo-like flu symptoms," said Julie Anderson, Brazos County Health Department Community Health Services Director.

The CDC estimates at least 112 million Americans have received a flu shot this season.


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