MedStar Sets Record Number For Treating Flu Cases

Alan Scaia
February 03, 2020 - 8:54 am
Influenza, Flu, health

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FORT WORTH (1080 KRLD) - MedStar, the ambulance provider in much of Tarrant County, set a record with flu cases last month. In January, MedStar treated 323 patients for the flu.

Of those 323 patients, 94 percent needed to be taken to the hospital.

"That's further indication that this flu season is far from over," says MedStar's Matt Zavadsky.

Zavadsky says a flu shot can still protect people this season.

"We have seen, now, really two spikes," he says. "We saw an early spike in November. November's call volume for flu-like cases was up about 13 percent over last year, but now, here we are, two thirds of the way through the flu season and seeing a second spike."

MedStar says other tips to prevent people from getting the flu, such as regular hand washing and not touching your eyes, nose and mouth, can also protect people against coronavirus.

"The same prevention tips for the flu are great prevention tips for transmission of coronavirus," Zavadsky says.

MedStar the average of 10.4 flu patients per day in January was 41 percent more than December and 52 percent more than January of 2019.

Across Texas, the Department of State Health Services confirmed 1,744 cases of flu the last full week of January and has confirmed 30,543 cases this season.

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