Flu season is setting in early, and the sickness is spreading quickly, more than doubling the number of patients heading to several Austin hospitals and clinics in just one week.
Hundreds of Central Texans have already tested positive for the flu. Though flu season is just getting underway, some hospitals have seen the sort of traffic that usually hits when the season peaks in January. Clinics and emergency rooms are filling up, and pharmacies are trying to keep up with the demand for medication and flu shots. Health officials, meanwhile, say this year’s vaccine is a good match with the H1N1 strain that seems to be most prevalent and are urging anyone 6 months or older to be vaccinated.
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Flu prevention tips
• Get a flu vaccine.
• Avoid close contact with people who are ill.
• Stay home if you are sick.
• Keep your hands clean.
• Avoid touching your nose, eyes or mouth.
• Cover your mouth or nose when coughing or sneezing.
Source: U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention