Flu Spikes Early: Protect You and Your Kids

Mom and child with the flu

Flu season is in full swing, unlike last winter, when the DFW area didn’t see the flu hit until late March. We’ve seen 150 patients at Children’s since Nov. 10 who have tested positive for the flu, compared to just one case recorded as of this time last year.

And our experts say the flu isn’t slowing down anytime soon. In fact, this is the earliest start of the flu season in about 10 years.

“I am pretty confident that we’re going to see an uptick in the number of flu cases over the next several weeks,” said Dr. Jeffrey Kahn, division director of Children’s Medical Center’s Infectious Disease Program. “How robust the season is going to be, we still don’t know yet. But I would say over the next four to six weeks, or eight weeks, we’re going to see a lot of flu activity.”

Get a Flu Shot to Protect Your Family

Dr. Kahn said the easiest and best way to protect you and your family from the flu this winter is to get the flu vaccine. Children 6 months of age and older are eligible for the vaccination, and adults are encouraged to get the vaccine as well, since the flu spreads very rapidly in close quarters and in homes.

So far, doctors at Children’s are seeing a mix of both Type A and Type B flu cases. Symptoms include high fever, body aches, cough, congestion, difficulty breathing and other respiratory symptoms.

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