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High level activity continues: Flu prevention and treatment in Central Texas

High level activity continues: Flu prevention and treatment in Central Texas

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KVUE - Separating fact from fiction, where does Austin and central Texas stand when it comes to flu cases, vaccinations, and treatment?

High levels of flu activity continue to be reported in Travis County.

20 to 30 people are coming to the emergency room daily at Scott & White Hospital in Round Rock.

Texas has been reporting high flu activity since October, and peak season does not begin until after later this month.

According to doctors at Scott and White, Tamiflu is available. However, Dr. Ross Tobleman, the medical director at the hospital's emergency room, says not everyone benefits from Tamiflu, as it has to be taken 24 to 36 hours from the onset of symptoms.

He says there are people who benefit, but for most people it only gives a 12 to 24 hour reduction in the duration of your symptoms. There is no cure.

The doctor says there is still time for the flu shot, and that you cannot get the flu from getting the shot.

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