Doctors: Flu season starting in North Texas

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by JANET ST. JAMES

WFAA

Posted on November 8, 2012 at 6:32 PM

Updated Wednesday, Nov 6 at 6:10 PM

CARROLLTON -- A cough and serious fatigue isn't the worst of it for Amy Burdette.

"Headache, sinus pressure, drainage," Burdette said, "sore, sore throat. No appetite."

She's the latest patient to see Dr. Richard Honaker for symptoms of an impending epidemic. He diagnosed two flu cases Wednesday.

"When we see two cases, it's just weeks away before we're seeing a whole bunch," Honaker said.

The CDC is reporting sporadic flu activity across Texas. Dallas County had its first confirmed case last week.

Federal health officials report some of the circulating viruses are different from what's included in this year's influenza vaccine. Honaker said one of his patients had also received a flu shot.

"It's possible there may be a mismatch in the circulating flu strain versus what's in the flu shot," Honaker said. "We just don't know yet."

Amy Burdette's flu test came back negative, Which means she still has time to protect herself with a flu shot.

Most local pharmacies and doctor's offices still have flu shots available. The Dallas County Health Department still has about a 1,000 doses they are giving away for free, at their Stemmons Freeway office.

E-mail jstjames@wfaa.com

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