POSTED: Wednesday, January 16, 2013 - 5:34pm
UPDATED: Wednesday, January 16, 2013 - 5:39pm
Cameron County, TX (Newscenter 23) — The flu season is in full swing and it can be deadly.
In the last couple weeks health officials have reported several deaths north of the Valley.
"Nueces County three influenza deaths in persons over the age of 65 that's not unexpected during an influenza season."
Regional health director for the Texas Department of State Health Services Dr. Brian smith says there have not been any confirmed deaths in the Valley, but he does remind people they need to get their influenza vaccines especially the elderly and children.
"Most deaths are people over the age of 65 about 25,000 people die of influenza so it is a respectable illness, you need to take it serious and take the reasonable precautions."
Dr. Smith says the recent cooler temperatures are not helping during this flu season.
"You have more people inside with close contact with each other and more likely to transmit the disease it’s especially important with school children needs to be immunized when they come home."
Smith says there is about a 9% increase compared to last year in the number patients going to doctor’s office complaining of flu like symptoms.
Smith says there the Valley has plenty of vaccinations available for children and adults, so get yours as soon as possible.