Flu Season In Central Texas - kcentv.com - KCEN HD - Waco, Temple, and Killeen

Flu Season In Central Texas

Posted: Updated:

(KCEN) -- The Scott & White Memorial Hospital Microbiology Lab confirms that flu season is officially here.

At least three cases have tested positive in Bell and Williamson counties. With the flu season starting and cooler temperatures arriving, doctors encourage everyone to get vaccinated, especially children and the elderly.

Influenza has a rapid onset of symptoms. It can take as little as a couple of hours for a person to suddenly feel ill. The flu typically lasts five days and the symptoms are those of a common cold. Additionally, the flu may present high fever, chills and body aches in a patient.

Recommended treatments include those symptomatic treatments used for a cold, with the possible addition of antiviral medications. However, doctors say that the use of such medicines must begin within 48 hours of the onset of flu symptoms in order to be effective. In most cases the medications only shorten the course of the illness by one or two days.

Doctors encourage the following tips to prevent contracting or spreading the flu:

  • Wash hands with soap and warm, running water or use hand sanitizer often
  • Cover your nose and mouth when sneezing or coughing
  • If possible, reduce your exposure to infected individuals
  • Use over-the-counter medications or prescriptions to treat your symptoms
  • If your symptoms persist, consult your physician.

For more information about the flu, or to find a clinic or pharmacy providing flu shots, visit http://www.sw.org/flu/flu

  • Latest NewsMore>>

  • US Jobless Claims Rise, But Recovery Expectations Are Undaunted

    US Jobless Claims Rise, But Recovery Expectations Are Undaunted

    Thursday, July 31 2014 11:39 AM EDT2014-07-31 15:39:16 GMT
    The number of Americans filing new claims for unemployment benefits rose last week, but the underlying trend pointed to a continuing strengthening of labor market conditions. Initial claims for state unemployment benefits increased 23,000 to a seasonally adjusted 302,000 for the week ended July 26, the Labor Department said on Thursday. The prior week's claims were revised to show 5,000 fewer applications received than previously reported. ...More >>
    The number of Americans filing new claims for unemployment benefits rose last week, but the underlying trend pointed to a continuing strengthening of labor market conditions. Initial claims for state unemployment benefits increased 23,000 to a seasonally adjusted 302,000 for the week ended July 26, the Labor Department said on Thursday. The prior week's claims were revised to show 5,000 fewer applications received than previously reported. ...More >>
  • Fort Hood Fairy Godmother Boutique Opens, Offers Low Cost Dresses

    Fort Hood Fairy Godmother Boutique Opens, Offers Low Cost Dresses

    Thursday, July 31 2014 10:51 AM EDT2014-07-31 14:51:30 GMT
    (KCEN) – It was a fairy tale grand opening. “It’s exciting. This is really happening,” store owner Keri Byer said. After months of hard work, Keri was finally able to open up her Fort Hood Fairy Godmother Boutique, a non-profit offering dresses and accessories at a low cost. “I think it’s absolutely absurd to miss a formal event, something special, just because you can’t afford the right outfit,” she said. “That to me should not happen to anyone.” Eight years ago Keri opened her first Fairy G...More >>
    (KCEN) – It was a fairy tale grand opening. “It’s exciting. This is really happening,” store owner Keri Byer said. After months of hard work, Keri was finally able to open up her Fort Hood Fairy Godmother Boutique, a non-profit offering dresses and accessories at a low cost. “I think it’s absolutely absurd to miss a formal event, something special, just because you can’t afford the right outfit,” she said. “That to me should not happen to anyone.” Eight years ago Keri opened her first Fairy G...More >>
  • Early Morning Shooting Sends One Man to Hospital

    Early Morning Shooting Sends One Man to Hospital

    Thursday, July 31 2014 10:00 AM EDT2014-07-31 14:00:41 GMT
    One person was taken to the hospital after being shot in Harker Heights early Thursday morning.More >>
    One person was taken to the hospital after being shot in Harker Heights early Thursday morning.More >>
Powered by WorldNow
All content © Copyright 2000 - 2014 WorldNow and KCEN. All Rights Reserved. Users of this site agree to the Terms of Service, Privacy Notice/Your California Privacy Rights, and Ad Choices.