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Peak flu season: what doctors are saying

Posted at 6:31 PM, Dec 18, 2018
and last updated 2018-12-18 19:50:06-05

The peak of the flu season is expected to begin in about a month. Local doctors say they’ve already seen a slight increase in the number of flu and flu-like illness in Nueces County.

According to local health officials, the number of flu cases in Nueces County is down compared to the same time period last year. Unfortunately, that trend is expected to change as the peak of flu season approaches.

Dr. Jaime Fergie, the director of infectious diseases at Driscoll Children’s Hospital, says this flu season is expected to be better this year than last year.

“Last year was the worst year, by the way, in decades in terms of mortality,” said Dr. Fergie.

One big question is, how well will this year’s flu vaccination work?

“Early indications seem to say that it’s going to be a good match,” said Dr. Fergie.

The flu vaccine reduces the risks of flu symptoms but it takes about two weeks to kick in. The vaccine is good for one year. Dr. Fergie says, for those who still haven’t gotten the flu vaccine, the message is simple.

“You have time. Go ahead and do it if you haven’t done it,” said Dr. Fergie.

He recommends children who are nine years old and under to get two vaccinations. For anyone older than nine, he recommends one vaccination.