This flu season in Coryell County is being called the most robust in recent years, according to data compiled by the Coryell Memorial Healthcare System.
Three types of flu are currently circulating, with the H3N2 strain being the most severe.
Coryell Memorial Hospital and other clinics in the health care system had 395 positive flu tests in December, with the numbers as of Jan. 30 showing 450 positive test results.
While the flu season usually peaks between December and February, “It is not looking like we have reached the peak,” said Ron Pundt, Coryell Memorial Healthcare System laboratory director.
Those who have not yet received a flu shot this season are encouraged to do so, since flu activity can last as late as May.
Children, the elderly and those with certain chronic health conditions — such as asthma, heart disease or diabetes — can be especially vulnerable to the flu strains.
To dispel the myth that flu shots can cause the flu, Dr. Diedra Wuenschel, Coryell Medical Clinic director, said, “The most common side effects we see from the flu shot are soreness, redness, tenderness or swelling where the shot was given. The flu shot cannot cause flu illness.”
Many area pharmacies and clinics continue to offer flu shots, along with local medical offices.