Thus far, there have been a total of six deaths and 262 hospitalizations associated with the flu since the start of the 2017-18 season.
Just last week, 96 people in the county were hospitalized with flu-related illnesses. The bulk are in the Phoenix metro area, but Coconino County also reports an increase this year with 77 confirmed cases.
Flu cases in McLennan County have spiked recently, with more than 1,000 cases of the flu and flu-like illnesses reported by healthcare providers and schools last week, according to the Waco-McLennan County Health District.
"Flu season typically does not peak until January or February", the health district said in a press release.
"It's still possible to get a flu shot, but it takes two weeks for the vaccine to be effective", Burton said.
The flu is a contagious respiratory illness caused by influenza viruses that infect the nose, throat and lungs, according to the Health Department.
Although the effectiveness of the US flu vaccine is unknown, the vaccine remains a valuable public health tool. This has some experts concerned that the USA will suffer a harsh flu season as well. "In order to prevent potentially life-threatening complications among the most vulnerable members of our community, including the elderly, pregnant women and people with underlying health conditions, MCMC has chose to stand with a large part of the health care community and require staff to get the flu vaccine or wear a mask".
His hypothesis became the basis of numerous studies showing that people with the lowest Vitamin D levels reported having significantly more colds or cases of the flu. In comparison, there were 87 cases of the flu reported at this time previous year. "A study published earlier this year in a pediatric journal shows that flu vaccination can significantly reduce a child's risk of dying from influenza", Koening said.
Beyond getting a flu shot, there are other things we can do for ourselves and for family, friends, co-workers and the community.
"They've had it since, like, three months ago", Perez said. And contain your germs by staying home if you are sick.