Influenza on the rise in Lubbock - KCBD NewsChannel 11 Lubbock

10/12/09

Influenza on the rise in Lubbock

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LUBBOCK, TX (KCBD) - Influenza is on the rise in Lubbock and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention reports that it is now widespread in Texas.

Medical providers are not required to report flu cases, but the City of Lubbock Health Department says more than 400 illnesses with flu-like symptoms have been reported. Out of those, 23 cases are confirmed swine flu.

Beckie Brawlie, the Lubbock Public Health Coordinator says, "There's been a lot in the news about H1N1, but we have to remember that with seasonal flu, 36,000 people die every year and there are many hospitalized every year.

Area school districts are getting hit especially hard. From this time last year, absentee rates have tripled at Lubbock Cooper ISD and doubled at LISD.

The Lubbock Health Department says their first batch of H1N1 vaccines will go to the school districts.

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