Cases of the flu are being reported in the area. Over 1500 cases of Influenza have been diagnosed in CHRISTUS Trinity Mother Frances Health System clinics and hospitals in December, 2017, according to Jennifer Cole, Director of Infection Control Quality Management Department. Data shows 41% of the cases were identified as Type B influenza which is higher than the nationwide 15% for Type B of all flu cases.
Cole says for those with the flu to prevent transmission, they should stay home from work or school when sick. Cover cough and sneezes, and wash hands frequently. If you go to the doctor, wear ask for a surgical mask when you enter the office. She also suggests receiving the flu shot. She also suggests taking Vitamin C to improve you immune system.