TEXARKANA, Texas – (KTAL/KMSS) – Local health officials say they have seen multiple cases of the flu in the Texarkana area since September and cases are expected to continue to rise over the next several weeks.
Doctors say the normal “flu season” is August through May. However, Texarkana usually sees a peak between October and January as more people get together and travel for the holidays.
Flu shots are available at local drug stores and primary care offices, and it is recommended this year more than ever as the healthcare system is already using up beds and resources for coronavirus patients.
Health officials say it’s hard to tell the difference between the flu and coronavirus symptoms.
“The only way to truly tell is to come get tested. Because the flu and coronavirus have such a myriad of symptoms anywhere from headaches to sneezing to couch to runny nose, diarrhea, vomiting. All those things both viruses can cause,” said Dr. Erik Jacobsen at the Texarkana Emergency Center.
Medical professionals say to limit the spread of the flu and COVID-19, everyone should wear their mask while in pubic.