Houston

Flu season hitting Houston hard

Experts are persevering with to encourage folks to get the flu shot now, particularly younger kids and aged relations who’re at the next threat.

HOUSTON — Flu exercise has been excessive each throughout the nation and domestically in Houston.

Experts mentioned that is the very best it has been in at the least 5 years, however the Houston Health Department mentioned we could have hit our peak for now.

However, they do count on one other spike simply after the vacations.

“This season was the worst,” mentioned Laura Jacinto, who mentioned she simply bought over the flu. “I was out for a whole week and a whole week and I was in bed all day.”

Laura selected to not get the flu vaccine, saying she by no means felt like she wanted it.

“The flu season this year has been worse than all the other times we had flus,” she mentioned. “I thought I had COVID again because it was so bad.” 

And the specialists agree. They say it is the worst they’ve seen it in years.

“This year, it came on very heavy, strong, very fast,” mentioned Dr. David Persse with the Houston Health Department.

He mentioned fewer flu instances in recent times is taking part in an element.

“Those who would have gotten infected a year or two ago had some degree of immunity,” Persse mentioned. “This year. there is no immunity because they didn’t have it.” 

Persse went on to say that though it seems instances within the Houston space seem to have peaked three weeks in the past, we’re nonetheless not out of the woods.

“We generally will see flu rise after the holidays,” he mentioned.

It’s why specialists are persevering with to encourage folks to get the flu shot now, particularly younger kids and aged relations who’re at the next threat.

So far, there have been 4 pediatric deaths reported to the Texas Department of State Health Services since October.

“Even though we are well into the influenza season, we have all the way until March,” Persse mentioned.

More info on how one can get a flu shot from the Houston Health Department will be discovered on their website.

Galveston County can also be providing charge immunizations at a clinic on December 6 whereas provides final. The clinic shall be held in Texas City at 9850-B Emmett F. Lowry Expressway, Suite B-104 from 8:30 a.m. to six:30 p.m. Anyone ages 6 months and older are welcome. Insurance won’t be required.

Back to top button