Flu Season http://kut.org en Child is Season's 9th Travis County Flu Death http://kut.org/post/child-seasons-9th-travis-county-flu-death <p><a href="http://austintexas.gov/news/first-influenza-pediatric-death-austintravis-county">Nine deaths</a> from influenza in Travis County this flu season represent just one measure of how severe the season has been.</p><p>Dr. Phil Huang, Medical Director of the <a href="http://austintexas.gov/department/health">Austin/Travis County Health and Human Services Department</a>, notes that cases started showing up earlier in the season, toward the end of 2013, and that patients under the age of 60 were among the most severely affected.&nbsp;</p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">"Definitely what we're seeing is worse than </span><span style="line-height: 1.5;">what we've seen in some past seasons," Dr. Huang said, "and also the population that's being affected with some of the more severe illness is a younger </span><span style="line-height: 1.5;">population than what we were seeing."&nbsp;</span></p><p> Thu, 16 Jan 2014 02:11:00 +0000 Trey Shaar 9563 at http://kut.org Child is Season's 9th Travis County Flu Death H1N1 Causes Early Spikes in Flu Cases http://kut.org/post/h1n1-causes-early-spikes-flu-cases <p>The flu season has hit unusually early this year, and according to the Centers for Disease Control, Texas is <a href="http://www.cdc.gov/flu/weekly/usmap.htm">one of the states hardest hit</a>. Physicians are urging everyone to get a flu shot.&nbsp;</p><p>Typically, the flu season peaks in January, but so far this year at least five deaths have already occurred in Texas. At a press conference Monday, medical experts at Seton Medical Center Austin said the number of positive flu tests has doubled over the past two weeks.</p><p>Dr. Irfan Hydari, the medical director of emergency services at Seton, said the flu strand that is responsible for the vast majority of illnesses is H1N1, or swine flu. That strand became notorious in 2009 when it <a href="http://legacy.kut.org/2010/05/h1n1-virus-not-gone-yet/">caused a flu pandemic</a>.&nbsp;</p><p>But Hydari said vaccine technology continues to improve, and this year it has been adapted to combat H1N1.</p><p> Mon, 23 Dec 2013 23:00:00 +0000 KUT Staff 9431 at http://kut.org H1N1 Causes Early Spikes in Flu Cases Tamiflu Drug Availability Becomes Spotty in Texas http://kut.org/post/tamiflu-drug-availability-becomes-spotty-texas <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">An early, widespread flu outbreak in Texas is putting a strain on the supply of the antiviral drug </span><a href="http://www.tamiflu.com/" style="line-height: 1.5;">Tamiflu</a><span style="line-height: 1.5;">, a Texas Department of State Health Services spokesperson said Wednesday.</span></p> Wed, 16 Jan 2013 22:03:05 +0000 Bobby Blanchard 6211 at http://kut.org Tamiflu Drug Availability Becomes Spotty in Texas Hispanics Less Likely to Get Flu Shot http://kut.org/post/hispanics-less-likely-get-flu-shot <p>Hospitals and clinics in Austin and Travis County are <a href="http://www.austintexas.gov/sites/default/files/files/Health/Epidemiology/flu_week52.pdf" target="_blank">reporting high levels of flu activity</a>. Across Texas, six kids have died so far this year from flu-related illnesses.</p><p>Doctors say the <a href="http://www.dshs.state.tx.us/news/releases/2013/High-Flu-Activity-Means-People-Should-Get-Vaccinated,-Seek-Treatment.doc" target="_blank">best way to protect yourself</a> is to get a flu shot.</p><p>But the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention says Hispanics are 10 percent less likely to get vaccinated than non-Hispanic whites. <a href="http://www.cdc.gov/flu/professionals/vaccination/nfs-survey-march2012.htm#ethnicity-adults" target="_blank">According to a CDC survey</a>, in March of 2012, less than 40 percent of Hispanic adults had been vaccinated. That's compared to around 50 percent of non-Hispanic white adults. Mon, 14 Jan 2013 17:15:00 +0000 Laura Rice & Jill Replogle, Fronteras Desk 6165 at http://kut.org Hispanics Less Likely to Get Flu Shot Can You Get A Flu Shot And Still Get The Flu? http://kut.org/post/can-you-get-flu-shot-and-still-get-flu This year's flu season started about a month early, prompting federal health officials to warn it could be one of the worst in years. They're urging everyone to get their flu shots.<p>But like every flu season, there are lots of reports of people complaining that they got their shot but still got the flu. Tue, 08 Jan 2013 11:59:05 +0000 Rob Stein 6095 at http://kut.org Can You Get A Flu Shot And Still Get The Flu?