This year, however, Texas is off to the earliest start to flu season in nearly a decade, according to the CDC.
Denton, Texas (PRWEB) December 20, 2012
Each year, according to statistics kept by the Center for Disease Control (CDC), as much as 20% of the population gets the flu and what’s more is that 200,000 people are hospitalized due to flu related complications. The flu is a viral respiratory infection far more severe than the common cold - particularly for individuals who leave it untreated. It usually comes on suddenly and is accompanied with a wide variety of symptoms.
Although the peak of flu season is typically November-March, a large uptick in cases usually takes place after the holidays. This year, however, Texas is off to the earliest start to flu season in nearly a decade, according to the CDC. Higher-than-normal reports of the flu – particularly a strain that tends to make people sicker than other types – have come from many southern states, Texas included. While it is not certain why the flu is showing up so early, there are many things individuals can do to prevent catching it. The Texas insurance agents at Ramey King Insurance want to help residents avoid costly medical bills by sharing some flu facts with them.
What are flu symptoms?
- Sore throat
- Runny or stuffy nose
- Muscle or body aches
How can the flu be prevented?
- Always keep hands clean
- Use tissues, not hands, to catch sneezes and coughs
- Avoid touching the face - particularly near eyes, nose and mouth
- Drink lots of fluids
- Exercise regularly
- Get a flu shot
Unfortunately, the strains of the flu vary from year to year, so if an individual received the flu shot last year, it will not be good this year. However, the flu shot is administered at many convenient locations including drug stores, health clinics and primary doctors’ offices. In Texas, health insurance will cover the cost of a flu shot, so residents are encouraged to get out and get vaccinated. The good news for Texas residents is that although the flu is showing up earlier, this year’s vaccine is matched very well to the predominant strain and there is more of it available.
Residents with questions or concerns about their Texas health insurance or the flu are encouraged to contact the insurance agents at Ramey King Insurance today.
About Ramey King Insurance:
Ramey King Insurance is a full-service independent insurance agency with a long history in Denton, Texas. The agency first had the Ramey name associated with it in 1920 when what may have been the first insurance business in Denton was sold to M.L. Ramey. In 1962, Terrell W. King became a partner and the firm has continued to experience tremendous growth since then. The highly trained agents at Ramey King are dedicated to serving the residents of Texas over the last 100 years and will continue to do so, ensuring that clients receive competitive and affordable rates that meet all of their needs.