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Texas reporting higher number of flu like cases

By: Ruben Veloz, USA Today, Star-Telegram
EL PASO, Texas - October is the start of the flu season, and already Texas is leading the nation in the number of patients who are coming down with flu-like symptoms.

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention says although the flu shot doesn't guarantee you will not get sick, it can still save many lives, including kids.

As KFOX14 reported, one East El Paso urgent care doctor says they've already seen more than 15 cases so far this month.

Doctors recommend getting vaccinated as soon as possible in order to prevent getting the flu, and having to sit in a packed waiting room waiting to see a doctor.

In 2012, there were more than 3,000 cases of the people who got sick from the influenza virus in El Paso County alone.

The CDC says the flu can be deadly even to children who don't have serious medical conditions.

According to a recent report by USA Today, the CDC reported at least 873 children in the nation died from the flu virus between October 2004 and September 2013.

Most of the kids were infants who didn't get the flu vaccine.

The CDC recommends children over the age of 6 months to be vaccinated against the flu.

They say even if you get sick from the virus, getting the flu shot can help minimize complications that can lead to death.

People who are most at risk of dying from complications of the flu are kids, elderly, and pregnant woman.

According to the CDC the flu season typically peaks in November and lasts until February.

El Paso County provides flu shot to anyone who doesn't have insurance.

 

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