The flu is already affecting households across San Antonio.
Although Metropolitan Health has not yet released official numbers, a local clinic has experienced high demand from patients with flu-like symptoms.
"I haven't seen anything officially from the health department, but our numbers for last week show a four-fold increase from the preceding week of diagnoses of influenza," said Dr. David Gude, Chief Operating Officer of Texas Med Clinic.
Gude said he spent several hours treating patients at the clinic on Thanksgiving Day, which he had planned to take off.
"We were very busy Thanksgiving Day and through the holiday weekend. Lots of people getting together, sharing," said Gude.
It’s a signal for anyone with plans to get the flu shot to go ahead and make arrangements to receive the vaccine.
Dr. Gude said knowing where and where not to cough can help a person suffering from the flu to prevent it from spreading to others.
"I rarely see people cough into their hand anymore. Ever since the H1N1 thing, (people have) learned how to cough into their elbow,” said Gude.
Lots of soap and water at the sink and hand sanitizer on the go is recommended as well. Texas Med Clinic buys it by the gallon.
“…Wash hands, wash hands, wash hands," Gude said.
As for unavoidable allergies, ragweed is on its way out and cedar is following close behind, which means a good antihistamine regime might be key.
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