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Flu remains rampant in Abilene

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention say that the flu is widespread in Texas and 47 other states.

Today, KTXS News spoke with a doctor in Abilene who warns that this flu season is not one to take lightly.

"No, it's the real deal," said Dr. David Randell when talking about this year's flu season.

Dr. Randell has been practicing medicine for over 21 years and he tells KTXS News that this flu season is one of the worst in history.

"The average flu season will kill about 12,000 people a year in the United States. Already in the state of Texas, we have almost had 3,000 deaths this year," Dr. Randell said.

Because of the risk, Dr. Randell told us that he tests everyone for the flu if any of the symptoms of the virus are present.

"If they've got even a low grade fever and they feel a little achy, we are testing them, young and old alike," Dr. Randell said.

It is possible for someone with the flu to test negative for having it on the flu test and also for someone to get the flu twice in the same flu season.

"Yes you can, there is an influenza A H1N1 strain, there is an influenza A H3N2 strain, which is the most virulent of all of them, and then there is influenza B," Dr. Randell said.

Dr. Randell says the flu is still extremely rampant in the Abilene area.

"We are seeing 30 to 40 cases a week," Dr. Randell said.

If someone in your home has the flu, there is something that you can do to protect yourself that goes beyond just washing your hands a lot.

"If your kids have the flu, the parents can take it or any other exposed contacts in the home can take Tamiflu or the generic one a day for ten days and block themselves from getting it," Dr. Randell said.

Dr. Randell also urges everyone to get a flu shot.

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