Flu season in Abilene

Abilene, Texas (KRBC) - Experts say it is the peak of flu season. Right now Texas is getting hit hard. January and February, the normal peak time for flu cases in Abilene, but this year the high numbers came in early.

"With the flu vaccine not being as strong as it has in the past because the different strain that is coming we have seen an uptake earlier on," said Jeff Moore, said the clinic manager at Dr. J express care.

Moore says the first week of January, 172 people tested positive for the flu. 

"Mostly what we are seeing is flu A. We are seeing some flu B but not as much," said Moore.

AISD had 79 kids out this week with the flu or flu-like symptoms.

"We just ask parents if your child does have the signs and symptoms of flu, including fever, that they need to remain home until they are free of fever for 24 hours without the use of fever-reducing medications," said Ashley Salyers, the registered nurse at Ward Elementary School. 

While the flu shot may help symptoms, remember it takes two weeks to fully take effect.

"Some people might think oh it is January it is too late to get the flu shot, it is not too late to get the flu shot. Flu season peaks in February and March so by the time you get it now you will be fully protected when this thing," said Jordan Talley, a pharmacist.

It sounds simple but wash your hands. 
"Wash your hands, if you do have someone with flu in the house try to keep them in their own area but once they get better you want to clean that all with some sort of bleach product or something to try to minimize it and when the weather gets better to open the house and air it out," said Moore.

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