Flu rates still rising, over 500 Central Texans affected

Posted at 4:30 PM, Jan 11, 2019
and last updated 2019-01-11 17:37:00-05

McLennan County flu rates are rising without a sign of stopping anytime soon. 

Over the past couple weeks, the Waco-McLennan County Public Health District has seen a gradual rise in flu rates. Each year, flu rates fluctuate but this current rise can mean that it can raise even higher. 

With 538 flu cases as of Jan. 5, it is unknown whether McLennan County has reached its peak or not. 

Officials say this is usually the best time to get a flu shot with cases rising you want to be safe before catching it yourself. 

"Typically we start to see rises in January, February and well into March," Kelly Craine, the Public and Health Information Specialist. "While you're planning your spring break you might have to adjust your plans for the flu, so get your flu shot now so your spring break isn't ruined." 

If you are unsure of where you can get the nearest flu shot, the Public Health District does offer them. 

For more information on McLennan County flu rates visit the City of Waco website

Below is a graph made by the Public Health District on flu rates as of Jan. 5: 

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