CDC: Flu season on track to be one of the worst in decades

CDC: Flu season on track to be one of the worst in decades

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LUBBOCK, Texas -

This flu season is on track to be one of the worst in decades, according to the CDC. 

Cases are up across the country, including in Lubbock.

"Here, along with the rest of Texas, we're seeing higher than expected flu numbers, definitely a lot of flu cases in the community," Katherine Wells, Lubbock's public health director, said.

The flu is not actually a reportable disease, Wells said.

"What we do when we're looking at flu numbers is actually look at people with flu-like symptoms coming into our hospitals, doctors' offices, school systems, and they all kind of report to us each week the number of cases they're seeing," she said.

The flu virus can change or mutate every year, and it can be unpredictable, she said. It serves as a reminder to take steps to avoid getting it.

Christy Haynes, the vice president of GermBlast in Lubbock, said the flu season is a busy time for the company.

"We do a high level disinfection program, we take care of schools, healthcare facilities, and really anybody that is open to the public," Haynes said.

A team goes on-site and conducts a multi-step program, focusing on high-touch point areas. Haynes said one of the best ways to stop the spread of illness is simply washing your hands.

"Hand washing hygiene is important, staying home when you're sick, not going out and spreading your illness, but those are very important things the public can do," Haynes said.

Wells said it is not too late to get a flu shot. It takes two weeks for the vaccine to take effect.

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