Swine Flu Making Comeback, Blamed for Texas Deaths

Swine Flu Making Comeback, Blamed for Texas Deaths

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H1N1 is the most predominant strain of flu we're seeing this season.

"You see it hitting the younger, healthier people," says Dr. Darren Waters.

Five people have died in Texas from H1N1 so far this year and experts at the Centers for Disease Control are seeing widespread cases along the southern states, notably Louisiana, Mississippi, Alabama and also near St. Louis. We first saw swine flu in 2009, considered a pandemic because we'd never seen it before. It was blamed for 12,000 deaths that year. This time around, it's not as severe.

"It's definitely not cause for panic, now we've got people who have gotten their flu shots which has the H1N1 vaccination in it. And we also have people who have been exposed to it, so there's not near the exposure that we had in 2009," adds Waters.

Flu season typically begins in October and peaks in February, however we do things a little differently here in Alabama…

"We tend to peak earlier than the rest of the country. You know we always say January/February, it seems like we peak earlier and in January, February we actually slow down a little bit."

And even though the flu shot isn't 100% effective this year, a little bit is better than nothing.

"Is anything 100% effective? No. but it's definitely worth getting. Even if you do happen to get the flu, and you got the flu shot, a lot of times we see those people aren't quite as sick as those who didn't receive the flu shot."

You should ask your doctor to check you for the flu if you start getting a fever or body aches. And if you plan on getting a flu shot, you better call ahead--some clinics like the Eastern Shore Urgent Care Center are out of vaccines and are waiting for another delivery.

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