Flu Season in the Hub City - KCBD NewsChannel 11 Lubbock

2/9/09

Flu Season in the Hub City

It's the season no one looks forward to.  City of Lubbock Public Health Coordinator Beckie Brawley says flu reports have really increased around the Hub.

"This week it doubled from last week. We got a 150 cases reported this week," said Brawley.  

And the Lubbock Independent School District is no exception.  LISD Health Services say this is the most popular time of year to send kids home with flu like symptoms.

"If the child's temperature is over 100 degrees we go ahead and send them home. We ask that our parents keep them home until they've been fever free for 24 hours without medication," said LISD Health Services Coordinator Niki Sue. 

Sue says it doesn't take much for kids to catch the virus, and wants to remind parents and students just how critical it is to wash your hands. "The flu is very contagious for our little ones, especially when they breathe onto their friends cough and sneeze onto their friends," said Sue. 

But both women agree this year's flu season is nothing compared to last year's. "Last year we had so much more flu," said Brawley. 

The Health Department says this year's flu shot seems to be a good match with what is circulating around. "Which is good news because last year it was such a poor match that's why we had so many reported cases," said Brawley. 

And some last words of advice."It's not too late to get a flu shot, you can get them thru April," said Brawley.

The Health Department says the best advice if you have flu like symptoms is to rest and drink plenty of fluids. They say to see a doctor if you or your child has an elevated temperature.

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