Flu Cases On The Rise In Lubbock - KCBD NewsChannel 11 Lubbock

1/25/06

Flu Cases On The Rise In Lubbock

Flu cases in Lubbock are on the rise. That's according to local and state officials. NewsChannel 11's Suleika Acosta spent the morning inside University Medical Center's Emergency Room where doctors say they've seen it first hand.

Doctors in the ER says they have seen a large number of flu cases in recent weeks. This time of year health officials say there is usually a spike in cases. Physicians are also seeing an increase in other respiratory viruses as well. We spoke with officials from the state health department and they say what Lubbock is experiencing is similar to what's going on across the state. Doctors say the best way to protect yourself is to get vaccinated.

"We're still early in the season so it's still very much a good time to get the flu shot. Later a couple months from now, will be too late but if you haven't had the flu it's not too late," says Dr. Joe Safin, UMC ER medical director

Dr. Safin reminds us of other ways to protect yourself. Wash hands frequently, cover your mouth when you cough and avoid sick people. For children, he suggests giving them small hand sanitizers to carry around. They should use it frequently, especially in school where they could be exposed to the flu.

HealthWise Health Center
Take a tour of health news and developments for the entire family in our special HealthWise section: Health Centers.

  • Local News on KCBD.comNewsMore>>

  • Police: Multiple shooters kill 1, injure 15 in Cincinnati following fight

    Police: Multiple shooters kill 1, injure 15 in Cincinnati following fight

    Sunday, March 26 2017 5:46 AM EDT2017-03-26 09:46:59 GMT
    Sunday, March 26 2017 1:28 PM EDT2017-03-26 17:28:49 GMT

    One person was killed and another 14 injured in a mass shooting at a Cincinnati nightclub early Sunday morning.

    One person was killed and another 14 injured in a mass shooting at a Cincinnati nightclub early Sunday morning.

  • Fire Weather Warning for this afternoon

    Fire Weather Warning for this afternoon

    Sunday, March 26 2017 10:33 AM EDT2017-03-26 14:33:36 GMT
    Sunday, March 26 2017 10:33 AM EDT2017-03-26 14:33:36 GMT
    The South Plains has been placed under a Fire Weather Warning valid from this afternoon at 1 p.m. until 8 p.m. this evening. Sustained winds at 20-30 mph, warm temperatures and low relative humidity values will create an elevated to critical fire weather risk for our area. A cold front will move through our area late tonight, shifting winds out of the north. Monday morning will be cool and breezy.
    The South Plains has been placed under a Fire Weather Warning valid from this afternoon at 1 p.m. until 8 p.m. this evening. Sustained winds at 20-30 mph, warm temperatures and low relative humidity values will create an elevated to critical fire weather risk for our area. A cold front will move through our area late tonight, shifting winds out of the north. Monday morning will be cool and breezy.
  • DC eagle cam: Eggs expected to hatch soon

    DC eagle cam: Eggs expected to hatch soon

    Sunday, March 26 2017 9:07 AM EDT2017-03-26 13:07:03 GMT
    Sunday, March 26 2017 9:07 AM EDT2017-03-26 13:07:02 GMT

    Eagle eggs typically take 35-38 days to hatch, and Sunday marks Day 35 for the first of the two eggs.

    Eagle eggs typically take 35-38 days to hatch, and Sunday marks Day 35 for the first of the two eggs.

Powered by Frankly