Three people in the Houston Texas area have been killed by the flu this week. Doctors are determining that the type of flu that killed these people is the H1N1 strain, also known as the Swine Flu, which killed many people during flu season a few years ago. The news of this has led some people with flu-like symptoms to panic and head straight to the Emergency Rooms at local hospitals. Others, who are yet to get the flu are even heading out to get the flu vaccines that they had been putting off getting until just now.
H1N1 Kills 3 In Houston AreaThe H1N1 strain of the flu causes some particularly nasty symptoms, those of which severity is much higher than typical flu strains. Contracting the virus itself is not enough to kill you, as many people get H1N1 and still manage to survive its grueling symptoms. Depending on how quickly you receive treatment, your chances of surviving can be quite good. Children, Elderly, and those with weakened immune systems are most at risk of dying from this nasty virus.
The Center for Disease Control has warned this year that in some areas of the country the flu season will be particularly strong. Houston Texas is certainly one of those places, as evidenced by the heightened amount of people seeking emergency treatment for the flu. Many more cases of the H1N1 virus have been identified by pathologists, though most of these have not been fatal. Despite the controversy surrounding the safety of giving children vaccines, doctors recommend that it is one of the only ways to help defend against getting some of the flu viruses that are out there. There has been no correlation yet as to whether the strength of this year’s flu season has any linkage to the number of people refusing to get vaccinated.
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H1N1 Kills 3 In Houston Area.