Report: This flu season worse than last

Record number of cases reported

Author: Isis Romero , Anchor,
Published On: Jan 04 2013 06:16:19 PM CST   Updated On: Jan 04 2013 06:36:21 PM CST

When it comes to the flu, the numbers are in -- and they aren't pretty. 

According to the state's Department of Health, Texas is in for a rough season this year, as the flu spreads at a record rate.

Last year’s flu season saw an average of less than 10 cases a week across the state. 

This year, there were over 1,200 cases just last week alone.

Those record-breaking cases have some parents rushing to get their kids a flu shot.

“The flu is high-rising, a lot of people are getting sick,” said San Antonio mother Cindy Gonzales. “This helps to prevent them from all that.”

But doctors say that's not entirely true. 

Though the flu shot does help, doctors are still seeing some cases of the flu in those who had previously received a shot.

Regardless, experts say, some safeguard is better than nothing.

“Everything that we can do to help prevent the spread of flu, is going to be the best way we can help protect our communities," said Andrea Guajardo with Christus Santa Rosa Hospital.

Some agencies, like the Children’s Mobile Clinic, are still offering free flu shots though the remainder of the season.