Centers for Disease Control and Prevention report an increase in flu cases. 11 states now see widespread cases of the virus. While Texas is not among them, doctors in DFW said that the number of cases that affected them has grown rapidly.
At Trusted ER Hillcrest, Dr. Gorav Bohil, as long as you have not been overwhelmed by influenza patients However, the number you have seen is doubling from week to week.
He has looked at CDC data showing the conditions with widespread cases in Texas.
"It will definitely come, again to look back and see both the East Coast and the West Coast, it will continue, and there will continue to be a significant increase in widespread activity," said Bohil.
Last year's flu season was the deadliest one, late in the spring. Bohil said it was too early to know if this would be the case this year, but he said the numbers show that North Texas is eligible for a large number of cases.
In Texas, the CDC shows the number of cases where Thanksgiving was close to 75. That number doubled in the next week and doubled again the following week.
Bohil said this year's flu seemed to cause traditional symptoms.
"As far as the symptoms are concerned, it's very classic this year: high fever, muscle aches, headaches, fatigue, people just feel depressed, they feel sick," Bohil said.
And if patients do not come in within 48 hours, there is little that can be done to help. In that case, he said they could be sick for two weeks.
It's also too early to know how effective the flu vaccine will be this year, though doctors still recommend everyone get one. They also remind you that it's never too late to get one.