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Flu-Related Illnesses Kill 8 In Travis Co.
St. David's HealthCare has confirmed eight people have died in its Travis County hospitals from flu-related illnesses. That's up from three confirmed deaths by the Texas health officials.
Right now Texas is one of six states with high flu activity.
Austinites who have gotten the flu know how it takes a toll on your body.
"I just thought I had a bad cold and then I got a really bad sinus infection," said Mathew Pugh.
Regina Mitchell said, "Literally thought the only thing that is worse than this is death."
"I had it about a month ago, you really can't move," said Edward Williams.
Dr. Phil Huang with Austin/Travis County Health and Human Services explains it is only going to get worse from here.
"Over 90 percent of the tests have come back with 2009 H1N1," said Huang.
If you recall, the H1N1 virus killed hundreds of Texans nearly five years ago.
This year Huang says that virus is attacking younger people between the ages of 35 to 65.
"Locally about 8 percent of the outpatient visits have been related to an influenza like illness," said Huang.
The good news is you can still protect yourself with the shot. Typically the flu season doesn't stop until February so there is still time. And this year the H1N1 strain is in it.
"I take the flu shot every year. Haven't missed one," said Mitchell.
Pugh said, "Luckily, knock on wood, I haven't had anything happen this year, but I would recommend getting the flu shot."
Another word of advice: wash your hands constantly. The flu is spreads quickly from person to person contact.