Flu Season to Spike Next Month

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There's a good chance you or someone you know is dealing with the flu, but now we're told we're not even in the peak flu season yet.

According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, the flu has hit the "widespread" level across Texas, but now we're told we're not even in the peak flu season yet.

"We've seen a little bit of the flu, but it really hasn't hit full force just yet," said Dr. Courtney Sutherland with Kelsey-Seybold Clinic.

Flu symptoms go beyond those of the common cold.

"Generally [patients] are under a sheet, fever, chills, body aches," Sutherland said.

Once flu activity spikes, Sutherland sees up to five patients a day with the illness. The CDC reports 17 states are seeing this widespread activity, and Texas is one of them.

"You can't predict when it's going to hit. It's usually between November and March," Sutherland said.

According to Sutherland, it's a common myth that cold weather brings on the virus. People tend to be in closed environments during the winter, which causes the virus to spread.

"It's the fact that windows are not open [and] air is not circulating. People are hanging out together," said Sutherland.

Once someone gets the flu virus, it can spread like a domino effect.

"Turn a door knob, you go right in after them [and] touch that [same] door knob, rub your nose a little bit and you got the virus too," Sutherland said.

While getting the vaccine is key, simple precautions like using soap and water can go a long way, too.

There is still a good supply of vaccines in different places across town if you haven't gotten one. If you are 65 years or older remember to ask for the new high dose vaccine.

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