Reported flu cases triple locally

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WACO, Texas (KWTX) The number of reported flu cases tripled during the most recent week for which data are available, Waco-McLennan County Public Health District officials said Thursday.

“It is not too late to get a flu shot. Flu season typically does not peak until January or February,” the health district said in a press release.

A total of 1,041 flu cases were reported during the week ending Dec. 15, compared to 338 cases the week before.

A total of 303 cases were reported during the week ending on Dec. 1, and 204 cases were reported during the week ending on Nov. 25.

Flu symptoms include fever, cough, sore throat, headache, chills and muscle aches.

While most people are ill for only a few days some may require hospital treatment, and among those at highest risk, the virus can be lethal.

Those at highest risk include people 65 and older without chronic health conditions, residents of long-term care facilities, children from six to 23 months, pregnant women, health care personnel with direct patient contact, and those with such chronic health problems as heart, kidney and lung disease or weakened immune systems.