CDC officials say flu season has finally peaked

CDC officials say flu season has finally peaked
Flu Season Peaks (Source: KLTV)

TYLER, TX (KLTV) - After months of record-breaking widespread illness, CDC officials sad Monday that flu season has finally peaked. However, the Texas Department of State Health Services explained that the flu activity still remains high across the state.

There's about a month left in the flu season, and Northeast Texas Public Health officials say there is an overall decrease in reported flu cases in East Texas.

Dr. Richard Wallace at UT Health North Campus Tyler said there's still a possibility of getting the flu.

"I think everyone is in agreement including the CDC that we're seeing fewer cases than we were seeing at what appears to be the peak of the season," he said. "Having said that, the incidents of flu right now even having gone down is still higher than it was at its peak last year."

He says there's a reason why flu cases are still considered high towards the end of the flu season.

"I think one of the reasons that it hasn't gone down so quickly is that you know there's two types, Influenza A and Influenza B," he said. "Influenza A seems to be going down fairly quickly, but unfortunately, Influenza B has gone up so you have the two of them sort of passing helping keep the levels higher."

Wallace said though people are less likely to get the flu towards the end of the season, they should still remain cautious and stay away from people with flu-like symptoms.

CDC officials are still recommending that unvaccinated people get the flu shot before the season's end.

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