Metro Health: Cases of flu decrease


SAN ANTONIO – Influenza-like illness activity is decreasing nationally, according to the San Antonio Metropolitan Health District.

Officials say flu-related hospitalizations and deaths in people 65 and older have been high for most of the season nationally. Metro Health said it has observed a similar trend in San Antonio. 

For the third consecutive week, Influenza A has been the more prevalent strain. However, Influenza B activity continues to be substantial. The vaccine in use matches well with predominate circulating strains, officials said.

12 flu-related deaths have been confirmed in Bexar County for the 2012 to 2013 flu season. Two of those deaths are pediatric. Of the 12 death, three people tested positive for Flu A, four tested positive for Flu B and five were unknown. 

Many of the deaths occurred in individuals with underlying medical conditions, officials said. 

Annual deaths from influenza in Bexar County ranged from seven to 15 over the last three years. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, between 17,000 to 52,000 deaths on average are reported annually from Influenza nationwide.

The San Antonio Metropolitan Health District recommends a three step approach to protect yourself and others from the flu:

  • Get a flu vaccine.
  • Wash hands often and maintain good hygiene to prevent the spread of germs.
  • If you get the flu, stay home to avoid infecting others.