Flu cases on the rise in McLennan County

Posted at 2:26 PM, Jan 02, 2019
and last updated 2019-01-02 15:41:17-05

Type A flu rates are on the rise in McLennan County.

Kelly Craine is the public health information specialist for the Waco-McLennan County Public Health District.

She said the flu has been on the rise for weeks. Just last week, there were 138 reported cases.

"The flu is just really beginning to circulate, really beginning to pick up speed," Craine said. 

Craine said we haven't even reached the peak just yet when there's anywhere from 500 to 600 cases each week. 

Flu season lasts from November to around March, so there's still time to get your flu shot.

"When you think about the flu, many people think it's really just a bad cold but the flu has serious consequences," Craine said. "Even the healthiest of people, you're talking about a fever, a lot of fatigue, not able to get out of bed, really not able to work or sustain themselves for up to a week or two weeks."

Craine said the flu can also lead to serious medical complications. 

You can call the Waco-McLennan County Public Health District at 254-750-5450 for more details on where to get your flu shot.

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