Eleven people have died from the flu in Travis County this season, according to updated numbers released Thursday.
Officials do not release precise age and location information about those who died, but said all of the 11 people were older than 50.
The previous report, from data gathered Dec. 23, stated that seven people had died from the flu in Travis County up to that point. It also reported that 1,200 people had tested positive for the flu, a number that experts say is likely much higher. Doctors are not required in Texas to report cases of influenza.
The 19 CommUnityCare Health Centers in Travis County report they have received up to 90 patients a day with flu-like symptoms since mid-December, according to Central Health, which funds the centers. More than half of those patients have been diagnosed with influenza, Central Health said Friday.
Williamson and Hays counties each have reported more than 700 flu cases but no flu deaths.
The peak of flu season typically lasts until March, so it’s not too late to get a flu shot, doctors say.
“Even though the vaccine isn’t as effective this season as it has been in the past, it helps your body to create protective antibodies that protects against other strains of the flu,” said Dr. Brendan De Marco, associate director of infection control for CommUnityCare Health Centers.
The flu: What you need to know
What are the symptoms? Fever or chills, cough, sore throat, runny or stuffy nose, muscle or body aches, headaches, fatigue and vomiting and diarrhea, which is more common in young children than adults.
How does it spread? Through small droplets from people who are talking, coughing or sneezing.
How to prevent it? Get an annual flu shot, cover coughs and sneezes with the crook of the arm, wash hands with warm soap and water, and stay home if sick.