RIO GRANDE VALLEY, Texas – Health officials are saying this flu season could be one of the worst in years.
Dr. James Castillo, the Health Authority for Cameron County says he is seeing a spike in flu cases that doesn’t seem to be slowing down.
“Over this past week the first week in January we’re starting to see that spike happening. I think we are going to expect in the next few weeks a lot of influenza cases in our community,” said Dr. James Castillo.
According to the CDC, so far this season there have been at least 6.4 million flu illnesses, 55,000 hospitalizations, and nearly 3,000 deaths with 27 of them being children.
“Those most at risk are infants up to four years old and people over 65, and people with health problems like asthma or lung problems,” said Castillo.
The Walgreens flu index map is showing the states in red with high flu activity. The Rio Grande Valley is making the top 10 areas nationwide who are experiencing high numbers of influenza cases.
Which is why Dr. Castillo is stressing the importance of getting vaccinated, “This is why it’s so important to get vaccinated, the flu vaccine keeps changing every year, so every year you need to have a vaccine to be protected against what we think is coming for the year.”
Dr. Castillo adds, even if we are at the peak of the flu season, he says it’s never too late to get vaccinated.