"Although the majority of cases that we've seen is the H3N2, which is a strain of influenza which has been notorious for bad flu seasons... influenza B cases are still on the rise", says Brown. So far this year, the Centers for Disease Control has recorded 114 pediatric deaths nationwide compared to 110 during the entirety of last year's flu season.
Simpson said this is a huge increase from the "typical" number of cases that are diagnosed by this time in the flu season, which is around 5,000.
Brown says because this flu season has been particularly bad, it may help spur changes and developments in making better flu vaccines.
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The number of flu-related hospitalizations and deaths since last fall have been off-the-charts high in Oklahoma, which is the reason for the move to offer the immunizations at no cost.
There's about a month left in the flu season, and Northeast Texas Public Health officials say there is an overall decrease in reported flu cases in East Texas.
Campbell County Health recommends that people don't visit if they're feeling sick, and there are masks and hand sanitizer available throughout the hospital, offices and clinic buildings.
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Locally, officials haven't found this flu season to be much different from past flu seasons. "Having said that, the incidents of flu right now even having gone down is still higher than it was at its peak past year".
State Epidemiologist Dirk Haselow said it appears the state's flu season peaked in early February.
Dr. Richard Wallace at UT Health North Campus Tyler said there's still a possibility of getting the flu.
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Haselow said people who haven't gotten the flu shot, which becomes fully effective about two weeks after it's administered, should still get one.