Texas Flu Cases Decline, But Continue to be Widespread
By David Doolittle

2.16 flu casesThe number of new flu cases declined slightly in early February, but state health officials say it remains to be seen whether flu has peaked this season in Texas.

Flu continues to be a widespread problem across the state, and physicians are encouraged to remind patients about the importance of vaccinations and proper hygiene.

For the week that ended Feb. 3, hospital laboratories reported a 2.82-percentage-point decrease of specimens testing positive for influenza, according to the latest figures available from Department of State Health Services. Public-health laboratories reported a decrease in positive specimens of 9.01 percentage points.  

During that same time, no pediatric deaths were reported, and the number of outbreaks dropped from 31 to 25, officials said.

Flu activity is expected to continue for several more weeks, and there is still time to encourage your patients to get a flu shot, wash their hands, cover coughs and sneezes, and to stay home if they are sick, health officials said. 

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February 15, 2018

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Dave Doolittle is editor of Texas Medicine and Texas Medicine Today. Dave grew up in Austin, where he attended culinary school as well as the University of Texas. He spent years covering Central Texas for the Austin American-Statesman newspaper. He is the father of two girls, a proud Longhorn, and an avid motorsports fan.

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