A local doctor says South Texas is in the peak of flu season. But there’s some good news: this year’s virus is not as severe as last year’s virus.
Dr. Kelly Campbell, an emergency physician at the Corpus Christi Medical Center, says “the strain this year – people are having milder symptoms and not getting as sick.”
But after a slow start, flu season is in full-swing.
“We’re seeing quite a few cases already,” said Dr. Campbell. “In the last week, it’s gotten really worse.”
Dr. Campbell says most flu-positive patients have Type-A flu, and there are different strains.
Early on in flu season, people around here came in with H1N1. Now, the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention reports a rise in H3N2 in several areas, including Texas. Health officials warn H3N2, a form of Swine flu, is more severe.
Dr. Campbell says more ER physicians don’t concern themselves with specific strains, and treatment is usually pretty uniform. But one thing to remember, no matter what type of flu, it’s usually spread the same way.
“It just has to do with when the exposure starts and when people start spreading it to each other,” said Dr. Campbell.
Typically, the flu season begins in October and ends next month in March.