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.