Doctors are beginning to see a bit of relief after what started out as a brutal flu season.
Lara Anton, Texas Department of State Health Services Press Officer said over the past two weeks they’ve seen a slight decrease in doctor visits.
“That’s a positive sign but we aren’t sure yet if the season has peaked because we need a few more weeks to really know that,” Anton said. “Statewide we’ve had 4,153 flu related deaths this flu season we get this information from death certificate data, so the information is a few weeks old. The number in actuality is going to be higher than that.”
DSHS has reported six pediatric deaths in Texas so far. In region seven, which includes Bastrop and Williamson counties, there has been 512 flu related deaths.
Friday, Travis County Public Health reported 39.
However, the flu season has yet to come to an end.
Health officials are still encouraging people to get vaccinated. The CDC released a report Thursday stating the flu vaccine is 36 percent effective against all strands.
“The good news is for children between six months of age and eight-year-old the effectiveness is much higher overall and 51 percent against H1N2,” said Anton.