United Regional detects flu increase this month - Newschannel 6 Now | Wichita Falls, TX

United Regional detects flu increase this month

WICHITA FALLS, TX (KAUZ) -

According to the Center for Disease Control, flu activity sharply increased in the United States, as of December 16. 

A map from the CDC shows the state of Texas colored in red, meaning flu activity is high. 

"The flu is a viral disease which causes a variety of symptoms including headaches, body aches, and muscle pains," Dr. Lee Rodgers, the United Regional chief medical officer said. 

The number of positive influenza cases seen at United Regional Health Care System was low until December. 

"Through our hospital system we've had 256 patients with the flu," Dr. Rodgers said. 

Out of those patients, two-thirds were under the age of 18.

Some say this years vaccine may be to blame for because of its ten percent effective rate.

However, according to Dr. Rodgers, it's too early to say if that is the case. 

"Typically the flu vaccines are effective from ten percent up to eighty percent and it's going to take looking back to see whether we chose the right strain or not," Dr. Rodgers said. 

In the meantime, the CDC recommends getting vaccinated even if it only offers a small amount of protection. 

Copyright 2017 RNN Texoma All Rights Reserved. 

  • News HeadlinesNewsMore>>

  • Lake Arrowhead State Park visitors boost local economy

    Lake Arrowhead State Park visitors boost local economy

    Wednesday, July 18 2018 12:22 AM EDT2018-07-18 04:22:12 GMT
    (Source:KAUZ)(Source:KAUZ)

    Lake Arrowhead State Park visitors bring a boost to the Falls. 

    Lake Arrowhead State Park visitors bring a boost to the Falls. 

  • Good News: The Boy Scouts of America Honors Wichitan

    Good News: The Boy Scouts of America Honors Wichitan

    Tuesday, July 17 2018 11:49 PM EDT2018-07-18 03:49:48 GMT
    Scouts, young and old, came together Tuesday to honor an institution in the Northwest Texas Council.       W.M. "Bill" Thacker Jr. joined boy scouts as a youth, and at 94 years old is still actively helping to scout in 12 councils.      So during a special lunch, July 17, 2018, he was recognized for his continued support with the Chief Scouter of Council Award and also given a 50 year Veterans Award.       &nbs...
    Scouts, young and old, came together Tuesday to honor an institution in the Northwest Texas Council.       W.M. "Bill" Thacker Jr. joined boy scouts as a youth, and at 94 years old is still actively helping to scout in 12 councils.      So during a special lunch, July 17, 2018, he was recognized for his continued support with the Chief Scouter of Council Award and also given a 50 year Veterans Award.       &nbs...
  • Downtown WF crosswalk project a step forward for local artists

    Downtown WF crosswalk project a step forward for local artists

    Tuesday, July 17 2018 11:44 PM EDT2018-07-18 03:44:35 GMT
    (Source: KAUZ)(Source: KAUZ)
    (Source: KAUZ)(Source: KAUZ)

    Tuesday, Wichita Falls City Council gave Downtown Wichita Falls Development the green light to paint crosswalks downtown. Hand drawn paintings made by local artists will fill the cross sections of 7th and 9th on Scott, Indiana and Ohio. 

    Tuesday, Wichita Falls City Council gave Downtown Wichita Falls Development the green light to paint crosswalks downtown. Hand drawn paintings made by local artists will fill the cross sections of 7th and 9th on Scott, Indiana and Ohio. 

Powered by Frankly