Residents on edge after Montgomery Co. flu deaths

Flu season hasn't peaked yet, but doctors say it's not too late to get your flu shot
December 19, 2013 5:15:16 PM PST
Multiple deaths in Montgomery County have caused concern across the area that a deadly flu strain could be to blame.

There are flu patients in almost every hospital. Texas Children's Hospital, for example, has six children with confirmed flu. Their infectious disease doctor calls it a normal flu season. But you can keep your family out of the hospital.

In Houston, 1,300 people have gone to hospital ERs with flu-like symptoms. Eighty-seven percent of those who did have the flu had swine flu, also called H1N1.

In Montgomery County two cases of swine flu had been confirmed. Nine people who had severe flu symptoms are having their lab tests repeated by the CDC.

Donna Kinser wonders if her husband might have died of the flu. Greg Kinser had heart bypass surgery at Conroe regional Medical Center and was getting better. But then he got very sick.

"I'd just like to know," said Donna. "I know it won't bring him back, but I don't understand how he got so bad so fast."

Texas has more flu cases than almost every other state. Experts at Baylor's Influenza Center say the flu season hasn't peaked yet and it's not too late to get a flu shot.

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