H1N1 reported in Grayson County

By: Kristen Shanahan Email
By: Kristen Shanahan Email

GRAYSON COUNTY, TX -- The Grayson County Health Department is reporting its first case of the H1N1 virus this flu season. The strain has already killed five people across Texas. Health officials say all types of influenza cases are on the rise so they are urging people to get vaccinated before the peak hits.

Those who have had the flu before say once is enough.

"You can't lift your head up. You ache all over, high fever, you can't eat," Killian said.

Laurie Killian, not wanting to get the flu again, got vaccinated early this season.

"The flu is just devastating and can be deadly," Killian said.

Dr. Mark Buckner, owner of One Medical, says just this week he has seen multiple cases of the flu.

"Just one day, which was yesterday, I don't know, probably 15-20 cases of the flu. Not all of them were H1N1, but I'd say the majority were and some of the cases were mild and some were, these are some pretty sick people," Dr. Buckner said.

The Grayson County Health Department says a total of 50 flu cases have been reported in the county within the past two weeks including one case of Swine Flu contracted by a 3-year-old girl who has already fully recovered, but nurse Randy Brooks says those are only reported cases.

"Since school was out that doesn't include any school reporting. That's just from medical providers," Brooks said.

Dr. Buckner says people at high risk for developing flu-related complications include children younger than 5, adults 65 years and older, pregnant women and people with weakened immune systems.

To prevent getting or spreading the flu heath experts say use proper hygiene, wash your hands often and cover your cough or sneeze.

"But don't use your hand. Cough into your sleeve or cover your mouth in some way because when you contaminate your hand and you touch surfaces your contaminating everything else for the next person that comes along," Brooks said.

Doctors say by far, the best way to prevent the flu, is to get vaccinated.

"Once you get it, it takes about two weeks before you'll really get good immunity, but it's still not too late to get that vaccine," Dr. Buckner said.

Health experts expect flu season to peak in February.

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