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Texoma doctors warn of impending flu outbreak

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SHERMAN, Texas -- Flu season in Texoma is getting serious. If you haven't had your flu shot, now is the time to do

Doctors say they expect another bad year for influenza cases.

"According to the CDC, we now have a high moderate regional outbreak," said James Frame, an emergency room physician at Wilson N. Jones Regional Medical Center in Sherman. "The flu season is here now, and over the next three months it's going to be a very busy season."

In Oklahoma, the CDC reports flu activity is high.

Doctors at Wilson N Jones say from October to December of 2018 ,they saw 12 flu cases. They've already seen seven in the past week.

"We expect an outbreak in this area," Frame said. "We expect maybe 20 percent of the population will be having the influenza."

He said individuals should watch for the following symptoms:

  • fever greater than 100 degrees
  • headache
  • runny nose
  • cough
  • body aches

But the flu isn't the only thing going around.

"We're seeing quite a number of upper respiratory infections which are also viral in nature," said Dr. Alex Roby, medical director at Red River ER in Sherman. "Some of these have been pretty nasty in that they're lingering for up to three weeks."

Those viral infections aren't as dangerous as the flu, and the symptoms can be managed with over-the-counter medications or home remedies such as lemon tea with honey.

Doctors say if you have flu symptoms you need to see a doctor within three days.

"Last year was a very nasty flu season with a great number of hospitalizations as well as fatalities, specifically in the elderly and the very young," Roby said. "If you see signs of flu we do encourage you to get evaluated soon so that you can limit its spread."

Doctors are urging everyone -- especially the very young or very old -- to go get a flu shot as soon as possible. Click here for a map to help you find vaccine providers near you.

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