<![CDATA[NBC 5 Dallas-Fort Worth - Health News]]> Copyright 2014 http://www.nbcdfw.com/news/health http://media.nbcbayarea.com/designimages/NBC+5-KXAS+Logo+for+Google+News.png NBC 5 Dallas-Fort Worth http://www.nbcdfw.com en-us Sat, 20 Dec 2014 05:35:42 -0600 Sat, 20 Dec 2014 05:35:42 -0600 NBC Owned Television Stations <![CDATA[Caramel Apples Linked to Texas Listeria Death ]]> Fri, 19 Dec 2014 22:26:39 -0600 http://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/155224562.jpg

Health officials are warning consumers to avoid prepackaged caramel apples because they are linked to four deaths and more than two dozen illnesses in 10 states, including Texas.

Caramel apples are most popular around Halloween, and the outbreak started just before then, in mid-October. But the commercially produced variety can have a shelf life of a month or more, and some may still be on store shelves.

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention said it knows of 28 cases in which people were sickened with the same strains of the bacterial illness listeria, and at least 26 were hospitalized. Of those, five died. Listeriosis contributed to four of the deaths; a fifth person who died had a strain of listeria linked to the caramel apples, but health officials do not think listeriosis caused that person's death.

The agency said that 83 percent of the ill people who were interviewed reported eating commercially produced, prepackaged caramel apples before getting sick.

The CDC said the investigation into the deaths and illnesses is "rapidly evolving." Christopher Braden, an epidemiologist at the CDC, said the agency is still trying to determine which brands are involved and how caramel apples may have become infected. He said there is no reason at this point to stop eating plain apples or other caramel products.

Two of the deaths were in Minnesota, and health officials in that state said those who fell ill there purchased the caramel apples from the stores Cub Foods, Kwik Trip, and Mike's Discount Foods. Those stores carried Carnival brand and Kitchen Cravings brand caramel apples, none of which are still available for purchase, according to the Minnesota Department of Health. They said other brands and store locations may be impacted as the investigation continues.

The CDC said the other two deaths were in Texas and California. The agency said illnesses also occurred in Arizona, California, Missouri, New Mexico, North Carolina, Texas, Utah, Washington, and Wisconsin. Missouri and New Mexico had the most illnesses, with five each.

It was unclear if listeriosis was the primary cause of the Texan's death, said Christine Mann, spokeswoman for the Texas Department of State Health Services.

A Tarrant County adult with underlying health issues is one of the Texans who got sick from eating a prepackaged caramel apple.

“At this point it’s all under investigation, so there’s not a clear national link”, said Tarrant County Health Director Vinny Taneja. “There’s no brand names that we know of, there’s no particular distributor that we know of.”

“Fever and malaise are typical symptoms. The people who are at risk are pregnant women, children, older adults and anyone with underlying health conditions,” Taneja said.

The Tarrant County Health Department is joining the CDC in recommending that people avoid commercially produced, prepackaged caramel apples.

Listeria is a foodborne illness that is especially dangerous to pregnant women, newborn babies, the elderly and those with compromised immune systems. It rarely causes serious illness in healthy people and can be treated with antibiotics. Symptoms include fever, muscle aches, nausea and diarrhea.

Because it can be so serious for some people, outbreaks of listeria generally cause more deaths than other pathogens such as salmonella or E. coli. An outbreak of listeria linked to Colorado cantaloupe in 2011 caused 33 deaths.

The CDC said that the outbreak linked to the caramel apples began Oct. 17 and the last known illnesses started Nov. 27. The agency said illnesses that have occurred since early December may not have been reported yet. Those sickened have included infants and older children and others as old as 92.

Nine of the illnesses involved either a pregnant woman or an infant, the CDC said. Listeria is dangerous for pregnant women because the illness can be passed to an unborn baby even if the mother is not showing signs of illness. It can sicken a newborn or lead to miscarriage, preterm delivery or stillbirth. The CDC said no miscarriages or fetal losses were reported in this outbreak.

Unusually, three cases of meningitis linked to the listeria were reported in older children, the agency said. Those three children were not among the deaths, Braden said, but the CDC is "very concerned" that those cases occurred in otherwise healthy children. While listeria can infect newborns, "usually we would not see this kind of infection in healthy older children," Braden said.

Braden said there may have been more illnesses in children because kids are more likely to eat caramel apples, or possibly because the apples were heavily contaminated.

He said anyone with commercially produced, prepackaged caramel apples at home should throw them away, taking care to wrap them up well so animals or people going through trash don't eat them.

“If you really want one, get some caramel candy and fresh apples at home and make your own,” said Taneja.

NBC 5's Kevin Cokely contributed to this report.

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<![CDATA[300 Percent Flu Case Increase at Mansfield Hospital]]> Thu, 18 Dec 2014 06:34:48 -0600 http://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/flu+shot+generic.jpg

Doctors at Methodist Mansfield Medical Center said they have seen three times the amount of flu cases compared to last year.

In fact between Sept. 1 and Dec. 15 of last year, the hospital had about 100 cases. This year they have about 300 cases, a 300 percent increase.

The hospital isn’t just dealing with patients walking in, but some of the patients are people who work at the hospital, as well. One of those cases, Renee Trussell’s 20-month-old-daughter. Trussell runs the gift shop at the hospital.

“This is the first time we've gotten the flu in our family,” explained Trussell. “She did get the flu vaccine and she got Tamiflu, and she's doing a lot better today.”

Case load manager Jessica Young came down with the flu last week and is still fighting it off.

“I started having terrible body aches all over and a low-grade fever,” said Young.

The head of the Emergency Department called it a vaccine failure.

“The strain is not well covered by the vaccine,” explained Dr. Keto Trivedi. “Not only are we seeing patients that never got the flu vaccine that are getting the flu, but people who also go the vaccine that are still getting the flu.”

Trivedi said it’s better to get the shot and have some form of protection, than having none at all.

As the week before Christmas winds down, Trivedi said the flu season is only ramping up.

“All the travel, all the family gatherings that will be occurring," he said. "I think it will get a little worse before it gets better.”

The Mansfield Independent School District reported there has not been a dramatic decrease in attendance because of the flu.

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<![CDATA[Technology Helping Local Schools Fight Illness]]> Tue, 16 Dec 2014 22:36:57 -0600 http://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/telehealth.jpg

Your child gets sick at school and you get the call to pick them up. It's time to head to the doctor. But times are different.

A technology new to North Texas called TeleHealth is changing things.

Children’s Health is able to link a physician right to the nurse’s office through video conferencing. It’s a program new to North Texas and 28 schools are taking part. Children’s Health is hoping to double that number for the next school year.

“So instead of trying to place physicians and experts in different locations throughout the Metroplex in North Texas, we are able to do it through technology,” said Julie Hall-Barrow with Children’s Health.

“It’s convenient and it’s amazing,” said Cherese Walker, a mother of a preschooler. “I don't have to miss a day of work.”

Walker’s four-year-old son, Justice, is in preschool at Dallas Can Academy and has used TeleHealth twice.

The convenience even allows doctors to prescribe medication from remote locations.

For families, they don't have to pay a dime for their digital doctor’s visit.

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<![CDATA[Keeping Calm This Christmas Season]]> Fri, 12 Dec 2014 18:37:23 -0600 http://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/vlcsnap-0000125.jpg Right now is one of the most joyful times of the year but it is also one of the most stressful. Doctors say December is when they see the most patients suffering from high levels of stress -- which they say can lead to more serious problems but there are some things you can do to keep calm this Christmas season.

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<![CDATA[North Texas Flu Numbers on the Rise]]> Fri, 12 Dec 2014 22:46:10 -0600 http://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/Tamiflu+Image.jpg

Dallas County Health and Human Services now reports 2,425 confirmed cases of the flu this season, with one death, according to the latest numbers released Friday evening.

And Tarrant County reports 1,270 confirmed cases with two deaths this flu season.

With the number of flu cases increasing, it has been very busy at CityDoc Urgent Care.

“We are probably seeing 10 to 15 cases a day,” said Dr. Staci Benson.

Many flu patients are taking Tamiflu to fight the virus, and in some cases, so are their relatives.

“If you have family members that were exposed, they, too, can go on Tamiflu, just to help the virus from replicating,” added Benson.

Schools are taking preventative measures as well. At schools in the Dallas Independent School District, signs have been posted about proper hand washing, and there are hand sanitizers in the buildings. Plus, they have increased cleaning to try to keep germs to a minimum.

“The flu has hit us pretty hard, mainly with our adult population and our students at the high schools,” said Jennifer Finley, DISD Division 3 Nurse Supervisor.

Staff have been affected, too. There are 12 DISD nurses now out with the flu.

“It is unusual to previous years, especially since most of our nurses are very good about getting their flu shot,” added Finley.

But this year, the virus has mutated, so the flu shot isn’t as effective against one strain, H3N2.

“This year we are seeing people who got the flu shot getting the flu,” added Dr. Benson.

NBC 5's Amanda Guerra contributed to this report.

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<![CDATA[North Texas Flu Numbers on the Rise]]> Fri, 12 Dec 2014 18:23:52 -0600 http://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/Tamiflu+Image.jpg The newest map from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, tracking the flu nationwide, puts Texas in the most dangerous category. The flu is now widespread.

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<![CDATA[Dallas Doctor Develops Flu Despite Having Shot]]> Thu, 11 Dec 2014 09:25:29 -0600 http://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/flu+shot+generic.jpg

Even the doctors trying to prevent the spread of the flu are coming down with the illness.

More and more cases are being reported at Baylor University Medical Center in Dallas each week. Among those cases are the hospital’s own doctors, like Dr. Rainer Khetan.

Despite the signs in his office warning patients about spreading the flu, Khetan got sick after catching it from his son.

“I thought, well, that’s all right he has flu, I have the flu shot. Day or two later, I got the flu. It was influenza A,” Khetan said.

But since the doctor had gotten the shot, he said that contributed to his recovery.

“If you were to get the flu and you had the flu shot, and you had at least two weeks to build immunity you’re only going to be sick for a couple of days,” he explained.

He said normally the flu will wipe a person out for a week.

This flu season appears to be worse than last year, as more patients are testing positive for the flu earlier than usual. Doctors say they typically see this type of spike in January.

“This is probably going to be one of those years where we have a really bad flu epidemic,” Khetan said.

The doctor is warning folks to wash their hands, and if they are sick to stay at home.

And health officials say there is an ample supply of the flu shot available in North Texas right now.

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<![CDATA[N. Texans Among Ebola Survivors Named Time's Person of the Yr.]]> Thu, 11 Dec 2014 09:27:38 -0600 http://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/Nina+Pham1.jpg

Dr. Kent Brantly, Nina Pham and Amber Vinson are among the "Ebola Fighters" named in Time Magazine’s Person of the Year.

Wednesday, Nina Pham told NBC 5 she was shocked by such an honor.

“My mom came in and was like 'you’re part of TIME’s Person of the Year' and so it’s just a big shock to me,” Pham said. “We did an interview in New York for TIME, but I thought it was just about Ebola coverage so it was just a big shock and surprise. What a great honor.”

Pham recounts the past several months as surreal, and recalls learning she contracted Ebola.

“It was just a big blur,” Pham said, “My chief nursing officer and the CDC doctor came in and in their hazmat suits and could already see they had been crying because of their eyes, and I just knew right then and there it wasn’t good and so it was just flashbacks, I started getting flashbacks of what happened to Mr. Duncan because he had just died 3 or 4 days prior. So it was just devastating news.”

Pham admits she was afraid when she learned of Duncan’s Ebola diagnosis, but said she would never turn her back on a patient.

“I was afraid, but I just never doubted it — it was my job,” Pham said. “I am a nurse, he was a patient, I was the next open bed that day. There was a guy that needed my help and I didn’t want to turn away from it, even though it was uncharted territory, but I just felt it in my heart to help him.”

Days later, Pham was in isolation battling a deadly virus.

“I think the scariest part was when I found out I got diagnosed and then there was a time my doctor came in and gave me an end of life discussion,” Pham said, “So, we had to talk about those things that no 26 year old ever thinks about.”

“You just don’t think that one day you’re otherwise healthy and the next minute somebody is telling you we need to talk about end of life.  I think that was a big eye opening experience for me,” Pham said.

Pham said she is now working to turn a negative into a positive.

“It has been an emotional roller coaster going from taking care of Mr. Duncan to being diagnosed with Ebola myself and coming out of it, surviving it, it has been a life changing experience, and I really want to make a negative into a positive now.”

Part of that emotional roller coaster was the worry for her best friend, Bentley.

“He’s like my baby and I’ve had him since he was 8 weeks old,” Pham said, “You know he’s like my best friend and I think there are a lot of dog lovers, animal lovers and Cavalier lovers out in the world and somehow they just fell in love with Bentley, so I was just glad after hearing what happened to the dog in Spain, I was so fearful that Bentley would have the same fate.”

Now, Nina is gaining her strength, and working to get Bentley back on a normal routine.

“We do regular activities, we run, we play, we go on walks,” Pham said, “it has been a little bit of adjustment period for him, too. He’s such a resilient dog, but you know, with trying to get him back on a regular eating schedule and stuff so it’s had a little effect on him, too, but he’s such a resilient dog. He’ll be back to 100 percent in no time.”

“Physically, I feel OK right now — I do get tired at times, not back to 100 percent yet, but I think most of it is the emotional parts just still struggling with the experience I went through and just how it has affected my life, it’s been so life changing.”

Pham is currently staying with her family and focusing on her health.

“I’m not currently back to work yet,” Pham said, “I’m just staying with my parents focusing on my health, just taking it a day at a time. Hopefully, I can have the rest of the year off to reflect on everything and figure out what’s next for me.”

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<![CDATA[Dallas Co. Flu Cases Up 330 Percent]]> Wed, 10 Dec 2014 10:01:57 -0600 http://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/01-24-2014-flu.jpg

Dallas County Health and Human Services fears influenza will be a major problem this season and that recorded positive flu cases are up 330 percent over the same time last year.

DCHHS recorded 758 positive cases in the county the week of Nov. 28. At the same time last year, the number of cases was 176.

“It’s very concerning because we are relatively early in the season and we are on the verge of possibly peaking at the end of the month,” said Dr. Christopher Perkins, with DCHHS, at Tuesday's meeting of the Dallas County Commissioners Court.

The number of positive cases in the county the week of Nov. 28 is nearly double than the week before.

“I caught the flu last year and I didn't want to repeat that this year,” said Willie Cole, of Dallas.

Cole, 52, got his first flu shot this season. He didn’t want to catch the flu a second straight year.

“I’m a big man and I felt very weak,” said Cole, describing his symptoms. “You can’t eat right. If you do eat, you don't feel right. You want to lie around, you’re grouchy. You don't want to get into all that.”

Kaden Badom, 6, tested positive for the flu early Tuesday morning after the first grader came home sick from school on Monday.

“I was laying my head because I didn't feel good,” said Badom.

A quick flu test at Children’s Health confirmed the child had the flu.

“I kind of figured that's what it was because people were already saying, even my doctor was saying, it’s a real bad strain of flu that's going around right now,” said his great-grandmother Dorothy Watts.

Badom had not gotten his flu shot yet this year. 

One person in Dallas has died this season related to the flu. Health officials are finding that some of the H3N2 strain has mutated and doesn't match this year's vaccine, though they are still recommending people get vaccinated.

“What we are finding is with the strain mutating it’s going to be a challenge in terms of the CDC or any federal agency getting the exact strain correct,” said DCHHS Director Zach Thompson.

Thompson said there are currently plenty of doses of the vaccine in the county, but facilities could run out by next month as the demand for the vaccine increases.

<![CDATA[Tarrant County Proclaims Dec. 9 Kent Brantly Day]]> Tue, 09 Dec 2014 18:30:12 -0600 http://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/Brantly+proclamation+120914.jpg

Dr. Kent Brantly was honored Tuesday at the Tarrant County Commissioners Court, as county leaders proclaimed Dec. 9 Dr. Kent Brantly Day.

The Fort Worth doctor was recognized for the work he has done in fighting Ebola, which he contracted himself while treating patients in West Africa.

“I am incredibly humbled,” said Brantly at Tuesday's meeting.

It's been four months since Brantly was infected with the potentially fatal disease and quickly became very sick.

“Thursday, the 31st of July, I almost died, and my doctors thought I was about to die. My caretakers in the room with me thought I was going to die. And they sent out the word asking everybody to pray for me. That was the night I also received Z-Mapp, the experimental drug,” said Brantly.

Days later, Brantly walked on his own power into Emory University Medical Center in Atlanta, where he received specialized care to beat the disease.

Now, he has fully recovered.

“I feel great. I feel like my health is back to normal,” he said Tuesday.

And since getting out, Brantly has been able to speak about his experience and those suffering from the epidemic in Africa. Brantly is continuing his work for Samaritan’s Purse, the organization he was with while in Liberia.

“I have the title of medical missions advisor for Samaritan's Purse, so I am doing a lot of speaking and working with the leadership of Samaritan's Purse and their response to Ebola,” added Brantly.

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<![CDATA[Two Adult Flu Deaths Reported in Tarrant County]]> Tue, 09 Dec 2014 15:19:49 -0600 http://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/flu+generic+germs+generic.jpg

Two adult flu deaths have been reported in Tarrant County.

The deaths were voluntarily reported to the county Monday, but officials said they don't yet know when the deaths occurred because adult flu deaths are not required to be reported.

Information about the two patients has not been released.

Kelly Hanes, senior public information officer for Tarrant County Public Health, confirmed the report on Twitter while reminding North Texans to wash their hands and that flu season has arrived.

NBC 5's Jocelyn Lockwood contributed to this report. We we'll update this story with more information as soon as it's available.  As this story is developing, elements may change.

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<![CDATA[Flu Affecting Students in Richardon ISD]]> Mon, 08 Dec 2014 22:52:16 -0600 http://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/Flu+mist+nasal+vaccine.jpg

Nearly half of an entire first grade class missed school Monday because of flu-like symptoms, according to parents at White Rock Elementary in Dallas.

Elissa Genova’s daughter, Eden, felt fine until Sunday afternoon when she started complaining of a headache and sore throat. By Monday, Eden’s temperature had reached 104 degrees. Her pediatrician determined that Eden had influenza Type A, despite receiving her flu mist vaccine two months ago.

“It’s a little concerning when you try to take precautions for your child and it doesn’t help and it is still going to spread,” said Genova.

It turns out Eden wasn’t the only child who came down with the flu in recent days. An email thread started circulating among parents of students in Eden’s class. Genova learned through the emails that a total of 10 children in her daughter’s first grade class missed school Monday because of flu-like symptoms.

“It’s pretty scary that, all of a sudden, starting Friday and Saturday, all these children were just diagnosed with the flu and all of them had said they got flu shots this year,” said Genova.

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention recently warned that this year’s vaccine may not protect against the strain of flu that’s hitting North Texans the hardest.

Dallas County health officials say flu activity is increasing with 26-percent of tests positive for the week ending Nov. 29, according to the latest report.

Richardson Independent School District officials said attendance was somewhat lower at White Rock Elementary on Monday with a 90.45 percent attendance rate. That means 73 students missed school, however, the district saud it typically sees school-specific trends in absences around the district this time of year, and it cannot confirm that they are flu-related absences.

A district spokesperson added, “in late September each year, our custodial crews begin more aggressive cleaning schedules and routines to help combat seasonal illnesses.”

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<![CDATA[No Shortage of Flu Meds in Texas]]> Mon, 08 Dec 2014 17:39:07 -0600 http://media.nbcdfw.com/images/160*120/College_Flu_Vaccine_35sec_606_large_448x336.jpg

Texas now ranks as the number two state in flu activity, according to newly launched Walgreens Flu Index.

And on Monday, a spokesperson for Tarrant County Public Health says they are seeing flu surveillance numbers showing three weeks ahead of where they were the last two years at this time.

At CareNow in Carrollton, more patients are coming in with the flu. And it is likely that number will increase.

The regional medical director said he expects the height of the spike to be in about 10 days.

“It’s going to keep getting worse for a little while,” said Dr. Martin Jones, Regional Medical Director for CareNow.

Shelby Rangel tested positive for the flu on Monday.

“I emailed the school this morning to let them know she was going to be out sick, and the response was there was a lot of kids at her school that had had the flu,” said her mother, Jae Lynn Rangel.

Tamiflu, the drug used to treat the flu, is not in short supply. A spokesperson from CVS said they don’t have any shortages.

NBC 5 contacted Walgreens, as well. Their spokesperson said they have Tamiflu as well, but added some stores may be experiencing a temporary shortage, although none have been reported at this time.

In some situations, it is not just the person who comes down with the flu who gets Tamiflu. People who have compromised immune systems, may be prescribed it, too.

“If you have a person like that that is at high risk and they have a household member that has tested positive, than that might be somebody you want to put on a preventative dose of medication,” added Dr. Jones.

But in the meantime, Dr. Jones said it is not too late to get your flu shot.

“We are seeing a spike right now, which means that it hasn't actually reached a peak yet, and when it does, there is going to be another several weeks when people still have influenza after that,” said Dr. Jones.

<![CDATA[Texas Flu Cases On The Rise]]> Sat, 06 Dec 2014 22:29:58 -0600 http://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/4P_TZ3B_flu_shot_effect_KNSD5CQR_1200x675_367378499577.jpg Doctors say if you haven't already, get your flu shot now because the flu is spreading quickly throughout Texas.]]> <![CDATA[Potential for Severe Flu Season Ahead]]> Thu, 04 Dec 2014 18:57:54 -0600 http://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/FluOutbreak_Shots_Vaccine.jpg

Health experts monitoring a spike in flu cases say Type-A is hitting hard this season, and that could lead to many more North Texans being hospitalized or even dying from the virus.

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention said Influenza A H3N2 is the most common virus across the U.S. this year, but half of the H3N2 cases are a strain of the virus not included in the current flu vaccine.

“So the CDC is just saying there has been a change in the flu strain, so if before maybe the flu vaccine was effective against 75-percent of the flu we’re seeing, maybe it’s effective against 50 or 60 percent now,” said Dr. Matt Bush, director of emergency services for Medical City in Dallas.

Bush said that doesn’t mean you can skip getting a flu shot this year.

“If there is one important message from today, it’s if you haven’t been vaccinated it’s not too late to go out and get vaccinated,” Bush said.

Still, doctors at Medical City are seeing a significant increase in the number of flu cases so far this year.

“It’s been a busy November and early December,” Bush said. “So far, in fact, it actually hit on Black Friday just like the retailers, we’ve seen about a 30-percent increase in the volume of our ER patients and about a 90-percent increase in our flu patients relative to this time last year.”

On Thursday, the CDC said early data suggests this year’s flu season could potentially be severe.

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<![CDATA[12th Human West Nile Case Reported in Dallas Co.]]> Thu, 04 Dec 2014 15:37:18 -0600 http://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/tlmd_061812mosquito.jpg

The Dallas County Health and Human Services Department confirms a 12th person has contracted West Nile virus in the county this year.

The infected person lives in the 75229 ZIP code and was diagnosed with West Nile fever, according to Dallas County Health and Human Services.

Health officials urge the public to take protective measures by utilizing the "4Ds" to reduce the risk of West Nile virus:

DEET All Day, Every Day: Whenever you’re outside, use insect repellants that contain DEET, picaridin or oil of lemon eucalyptus.
DRESS: Wear long, loose and light-colored clothing outside.
DRAIN: Remove all areas of standing water in and around your home.
DUSK & DAWN: Limit outdoor activities during dusk and dawn hours when mosquitoes are most active.

<![CDATA[CDC: Current Flu Shot Less Effective Due to Virus Mutation]]> Thu, 04 Dec 2014 03:27:22 -0600 http://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/Flu+Shot+immunization.jpg

Your flu shot may not be as effective as it should be this flu season, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

An advisory issued to doctors Wednesday noted that less than half of the flu samples tested by the CDC from Oct. 1 through Nov. 22 were a good match for the current strain of the influenza, a component in the flu shots developed for the current flu season, according to a report by the Reuters news agency.

That could result in people getting sick with the flu even though they have already been given the flu shot.

The staff at Doctors Express Urgent Care in Southlake is already seeing sick people who shouldn't be.

"We're getting a lot of false-negative results. I'm not gonna say that they don't have the flu. But they definitely have the symptoms," said nurse Tiffanie Hurst. "Which means if they did get the flu shot there's a possibility in there that it wasn't 100-percent effective."

The chief concern of Dr. Seema Yasmin, medical expert for The Dallas Morning News, is that people will opt to not get a flu shot now.

"That would be a disaster," Yasmin said.

"You should definitely get the flu shot," Hurst added. "It will definitely still work for your immune system and build it up to par in case you do come into contact with [the flu]."

The CDC is stressing that doctors should be prepared to use antiviral medications when needed.

These include Roche's Tamiflu and GlaxoSmithKline's Relenza, Reuters noted.

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<![CDATA[Flu Season Outpacing Last Year: CDC]]> Wed, 03 Dec 2014 18:05:20 -0600 http://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/01-24-2014-flu.jpg

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention now reports flu activity in the United States is ahead of where it was at this time last year.

In the CDC’s latest report, doctor visits for flu-like illness nationwide rose slightly above last year’s pace for the first time this season, though it still ranks behind the 2012-2013 numbers.

Texas continues to sit in the "regional" flu activity category and shows more activity than much of the U.S. on that latest report.

Google Trends, which maps flu search activity, shows Texas is ahead in flu activity from last year and is among the top in the nation as well. In the past that trend has been fairly in line with the actual illness.

Locally it’s clear the flu season is starting to heat up.

Dallas County reported its first death from flu this week, while Denton County has now seen two people hospitalized and confirmed cases jumped from seven to 28 in the past week.

Denton County Chief Epidemiologist Juan Rodriguez said the area is on pace for another early flu season like it saw in past years, and he expects numbers to hit their peak sometime in the next two months.

Health leaders continue to advise folks to seek out the flu shot and to get it now before the next round of family holidays late this month.

<![CDATA[First Flu Death of the Season Confirmed in Dallas Co.]]> Wed, 03 Dec 2014 06:34:38 -0600 http://media.nbcdfw.com/images/210*120/01-flu.JPG

Dallas County is reporting its first flu death of the 2014-2015 flu season, according to Dallas County Health and Human Services.

The person who died is an adult, according to DCHHS Director Zach Thompson, but no further details were released other than they were a Dallas County resident.

Flu was blamed in 58 deaths in Dallas County during the 2013-2014 flu season, including three children.

The news of the death should serve as inspiration to get the flu shot soon, according to Dr. Staci Benson of the CityDoc Urgent Care clinic in Uptown Dallas.

"These are not necessarily old people or people with chronic conditions [who are dying]," Benson said. "These could be young, healthy 34-year-olds. So it's very important you protect yourself."

Flu season is in full swing right now, but tends to peak in January and February.

"We are actually seeing a lot of people every day with influenza symptoms. It's been going on now for a few weeks, even months, with an increase in the past few weeks. We're having lots of positives every single day," Benson said.

NBC 5's Holley Ford contributed to this report.

<![CDATA[Texas Overdose Deaths Significantly Lower Than U.S. Average]]> Tue, 02 Dec 2014 15:54:41 -0600 http://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/185590966.jpg

Drug overdose deaths in the United States more than doubled over the past decade, U.S. health officials announced in a report released Tuesday, though deaths in Texas were significantly lower compared to much of the rest of the country.

*Age-adjusted drug poisoning deaths were 13 for every 100,000 people nationally. Texas was significantly lower than that number at 9.8 per 100,000 people.

Deaths from drug poisoning linked to opioid analgesics (such as morphine, oxycodone and methadon) and heroin have jumped to 41,502 in 2012 from 16,849 back in 1999, according to the report compiled by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

Heroin-related deaths more than tripled to 5,925 in 2012 from 1,960 in 1999. The report also stated that of the 2012 drug-related deaths, 16,007 involved opioid analgesics. 

Between 1999 and 2012, the age-adjusted drug-poisoning death rate nationwide also increased, from 6.1 per 100,000 population in 1999 to 13.1 in 2012.

"By comparison, there were 27,762 alcohol-related deaths in 2012, according to the report.
Another 40,600 people died from suicide, 36,415 from motor vehicle accidents, 33,563 from firearms and 16,688 from assaults. The biggest killer by far was heart disease at 599,711 deaths.”

There were also 14 states that had age-adjusted drug-poisoning death rates above the national average, according to the report. The states with the highest rates per 100,000 population were West Virginia (32.0), Kentucky (25.0), New Mexico (24.7), Utah (23.1), and Nevada (21.0).  

Click here to see the full report

*According to the CDC, age adjustment is a technique for "removing" the effects of age from crude rates so as to allow meaningful comparisons across populations with different underlying age structures. For example, comparing the crude rate of heart disease in Florida with that of California is misleading, because the relatively older population in Florida leads to a higher crude death rate, even if the age-specific rates of heart disease in Florida and California were the same. For such a comparison, age-adjusted rates are preferable.

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<![CDATA[The DMN's Dr. Seema Yasmin on World Aids Day]]> Tue, 02 Dec 2014 11:46:44 -0600 http://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/DMN_-_World_AIDS_1200x675_366100035878.jpg The Dallas Morning News' Dr. Seema Yasmin discusses the 26th annual World AIDS Day and how some experts don't think enough progress is being made to treat HIV in the U.S.]]> <![CDATA[3-D Printing Gives Chance to Little Girl Born With Heart Defect ]]> Wed, 26 Nov 2014 08:31:49 -0600 http://media.nbcdfw.com/images/195*120/11-24-14_Heart-Defect-Surgery-Hensel.JPG

Esther Perez was born with heart defects that could have taken her young life, but thanks to a series of breakthrough procedures at Children’s Hospital Los Angeles, the now-14-month-old little girl is thriving.

Using a series of conventional MRIs, 3-D MRIs and an incredible printer that reconstructed a model of the girl’s heart, doctors were able to plan her surgery, practice it and reduce her risks and increase her chances of survival.

That was the first miracle for her mother, Martha Perez, who found about her daughter's medical problem while she was still in the womb.

"I stop the pregnancy, or continue. Maybe the baby will be born for just five, 10 minutes, and then the baby maybe will be dying," she recalled, near tears.

Perez credits her faith with helping her to make it through the pregnancy, but when Esther was born, things looked bleak.

Her cardiologist said the baby just wasn’t getting enough oxygen to her body.

An early surgery provided a temporary fix, but as time went on it became clear a second, much more serious operation was needed.

Doctors decided the innovations could help, including creating a life-size model of Esther’s heart.

The paper-and-plastic model was an exact replica of Esther’s heart, so doctors could explore and strategize before the actual surgery.

"As soon as we opened the heart, it was exactly as I had seen before, so making the patch and doing the connections were quite straightforward," said Dr. Richard Kim, the cardiothoracic surgeon who operated on Esther.

Similar heart surgeries were done long before the 3-D technology was available, but doctors said it has helped increase the effectiveness and safety of similar operations.

Dr. Kim said Esther now stands a very good chance of having a healthy, normal life.

Perez said she’s grateful for the chance her daughter has been given.

"It’s a miracle," she said.

<![CDATA['Tis the Season for Holiday Sicknesses]]> Tue, 25 Nov 2014 18:43:31 -0600 http://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/Sick-Flu_generic.jpg

Memories aren’t the only things we share during the holidays.

“During the holidays, we have a lot of people coming together”, said Dr. Ray Tsai with Children’s Medical Center Dallas. “So, it is really important to practice good hand hygiene”.

“With the weather changes of the holiday season, we see a lot of children, we have cough, runny nose, fever”, said Dr. Tsai. “So, it is really important, especially as we get into the holiday season and people are gathering together to wash your hands frequently with soap and water and to make sure that if children are sick, that they cough into their shirt sleeve so as to avoid spreading those germs to others.”

The flu season normally peaks right after the holidays, when everyone has returned home from traveling to be with family and friends.

“As you travel to other parts of the United States, you could come in contact with individuals with the virus,” said Zachary Thompson with Dallas Health and Human Services.

“We normally see a peak period in January and February and that’s because everybody’s coming back from traveling and now we’re seeing more of the virus,” Thompson said.

“You’ve got to practice cough etiquette, cough in your sleeve, make sure that you wash your hands and that’s the key factor in preventing the germs from spreading,” said Thompson.

There are still plenty of flu vaccines available, and doctors say it's never too late to get a flu shot.

<![CDATA[Popular Pet Food Company Announces Recall]]> Mon, 24 Nov 2014 19:57:03 -0600 http://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/pet-food-recall.jpg

A pet food company has issued a recall of some of its popular cat and ferret foods.

Natura Pet Products initiated a voluntary recall of certain dry cat and dry ferret foods produced in its Fremont, Nebraska facility.

The company said due to a formulation error, the products contain insufficient levels of vitamins and excess minerals.

Pets could become ill if they lack vitamins for prolonged periods of time.

According to Natura, early warning signs of vitamin deficiency include decreased appetite, lethargy, vomiting and weight loss. If treated quickly, vitamin deficiency can be reversed.

The presence of excess minerals in these products poses no health concern.

The affected products and lot codes are: 

EVO® Grain Free Turkey & Chicken Formula dry cat & kitten food
15.4 LB
5148 541400

EVO® Grain Free Turkey & Chicken Formula dry cat & kitten food
2.2 LB
5148 541402

EVO® Grain Free Turkey & Chicken Formula dry cat & kitten food
2.2 LB
5148 541402

EVO® Grain Free Turkey & Chicken Formula dry cat & kitten food
2.2 LB
5148 541402

EVO® Grain Free Ferret Food
6.6 LB
5148 542101

Retailers have been instructed to immediately remove the products from store shelves.

Consumers who purchased the product should discontinue feeding the product immediately and discard as normal household waste.

For more information, consumers can reach Natura Consumer Relations at 1-855-206-8297, Monday through Friday 8:00 A.M. to 5:00 P.M. CST or visit www.evopet.com.

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<![CDATA[11-Year-Old North Texas Child Paralyzed by Enterovirus-D68]]> Fri, 21 Nov 2014 05:52:00 -0600 http://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/Bryan+Sotelo+Enterovirus+D68.jpg

A mystery illness that has sickened children all over the country has caused paralysis in a North Texas child.

The family of 11-year-old Bryan Sotelo, of Allen, was told he tested positive for enterovirus-D68 Thursay.

In many cases, the illness causes breathing problems to the point where children have ended up on ventilators. That won’t change the course of treatment for Sotelo, who has been treated as if he had the virus since he was admitted into Children’s Health in late July.

The road to recovery will be long and filled with many unknowns, but Sotelo has improved and is regaining some sense in his limbs.

“I miss that Bryan hugged me, and kissed me every day," Sotelo's mother Yadhira Gracilazo said. "That's what I miss.”

Doctors are hopeful and, although Sotelo is in a wheelchair right now, haven't ruled out him walking in the future.

“One of the wonderful things about treating children is they surprise us. It's really exciting to take care of them and exciting to see Bryan today moving parts of his body that weren't moving before,” said Dr. Dallas Stobaugh, from Children’s Health.

Now, Sotelo's family celebrates small milestones. For example, Sotelo wrote a birthday card using his left hand Wednesday. He still hasn’t regained feeling in his right arm.

“I told her thanks for being my mom and I love her so much,” said Sotelo.

The family said they will continue pressing on, one step at a time.

“When I was in therapy, I stand up for three times, and I sat down for 10 minutes by myself,” recalled Sotelo.

His family has set up a GoFundMe account to help with medical costs as they make their apartment wheelchair accessible.

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<![CDATA[Oxy Elite Pro Offers Refund in Class Action Settlement]]> Wed, 19 Nov 2014 14:57:50 -0600 http://media.nbcdfw.com/images/230*120/5p-p-oxy-elite-pro_650QT670-03.jpg

The Dallas based makers of controversial weight loss supplement Oxy Elite Pro and GNC stores that sold it are offering rebates of up to $300 per customer under the terms of a settlement in a class-action lawsuit.

The lawsuit accused USP Labs and GNC Stores of false and misleading claims about Oxy Elite Pro, Jack3d and VERSA-1. The companies deny any wrongdoing but agreed to the settlement to avoid more costly litigation.

Older versions of Oxy Elite Pro were recalled and destroyed in 2013 after reports of liver failure, hepatitis and one death.

Customers must submit claims online or by mail before Feb. 5, 2015.

Further questions can be directed to 1-888-936-9033.

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<![CDATA[Consumer Reports: Hidden Risks of Going Gluten-Free]]> Fri, 21 Nov 2014 17:22:36 -0600 http://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/gluten+free.jpg

About seven percent of Americans can’t eat gluten because they have celiac disease or a diagnosed gluten sensitivity. But how good is a gluten-free diet for everyone else?
To find out, Consumer Reports reviewed nutrition labels for more than 80 gluten-free foods.

Consumer Reports’ Deputy Health, Patricia Calvo, who oversaw the study says, “People think that going gluten-free will help them lose weight or get better digestion and a whole host of other health benefits. But when Consumer Reports looked at those gluten-free products and found that they’re not necessarily healthier and they may be less so.”

One concern is some gluten-free foods contain more fat, sugar or sodium than their regular counterparts. And products made of enriched-wheat flour provide essential nutrients like iron and folic acid, but you don’t get those in many gluten-free foods. Another important worry is many of the gluten-free products that Consumer Reports analyzed contain rice flour or other rice-based ingredients. In Consumer Reports’ tests of rice and rice products in 2012, the lab found that most contain arsenic, often at worrisome levels.

The bottom line is a small percent of people need to eat gluten-free foods. For everyone else, there’s little evidence that a gluten-free diet is a healthier choice. And one more disadvantage to going gluten-free is nearly all the gluten-free foods Consumer Reports purchased were more expensive than a regular counterpart.

Complete Ratings and recommendations on all kinds of products, including appliances, cars & trucks, and electronic gear, are available on Consumer Reports’ website.

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<![CDATA[Dallas County Offers Free Flu Vaccine]]> Tue, 18 Nov 2014 22:25:01 -0600 http://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/Walmart+Flu+Shot+012214.jpg

Flu season is around the corner and Dallas County Health and Human Services is offering vaccines free of charge.

The vaccines are offered to both children and adults.

This year DCHHS is taking new measures to keep its citizens healthy after three children and 55 adults died from the flu last year in Dallas County.

Vaccinations for children area are available at any clinic, but adults must go to the first floor of the health department located at 2377 N. Stemmons Freeway.

Clinic hours are Monday through Friday from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. and no appointments are needed.

DCHHS Medical Director Dr. Christopher Perkins encourages everyone to get the flu vaccine once a year.

“It is ideal to get a flu shot before the virus begins circulating in the community,” Perkins said in a news release. “However, if you haven’t received it, you still have time to get protected.”

Perkins also recommended frequent hand washing.

Although there have not been any flu-related deaths this year, DCHHS Director Zachary Thompson said this year more people are being tested for the flu.

For more details on how to prevent the spread of flu, visit the DCHHS website.

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<![CDATA[Arsenic in Rice]]> Tue, 18 Nov 2014 17:12:53 -0600 http://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/rice7.jpg

Consumer Reports has issued new guidelines for limits on how much rice you and your children should eat.

Consumer Reports analyzed Food and Drug Administration data on more than 600 foods that contain rice and found some with worrisome levels of inorganic arsenic, which is linked to several types of cancer.

The Food and Drug Administration recommends parents consider other options rather than rice cereal for their children’s first solid food.

Consumer Reports’ analysis found that hot rice cereal and rice pasta can have much more arsenic than its lab saw in previous tests.

So Consumer Reports now recommends that children rarely eat these foods, which means not more than twice a month. And Consumer Reports recommends children under five limit rice drinks, rice cakes and ready-to-eat rice cereals. Levels of arsenic vary.

Consumer Reports based its recommendations on the higher levels in each food group to offer consumers the best protection.

As for rice itself, Consumer Reports’ lab tests in 2012 found high levels of inorganic arsenic in white rice and even higher levels in brown rice.

Consumer Reports has tested other types of rice and other grains and has found several alternatives with much lower levels of inorganic arsenic.

Some good choices — sushi rice from the U.S. and white basmati rice from California, India and Pakistan.

On average they had half the amount of arsenic as most other types of rice. And brown basmati rice from California, India and Pakistan has about one third less inorganic arsenic than other brown rice. Other good options — bulgur, barley and faro, as well as gluten-free grains like amaranth, buckwheat, millet and quinoa.

In response to Consumer Reports’ investigation, the USA Rice Federation issued this statement: 

Research conducted by the Food and Drug Administration and U.S. rice industry shows arsenic levels found in U.S.-grown rice are below safe maximum levels established this year by the World Health Organization. Studies show that including white or brown rice in the diet provides measureable health benefits that outweigh the potential risks associated with exposure to trace levels of arsenic. The U.S. rice industry is committed to growing a safe and healthy product; we continuously test our crop, and research ways of reducing the already low levels of arsenic found in rice even further. 

The Food & Drug Administration issued this statement:


The FDA’s ongoing assessment of arsenic in rice remains a priority for the agency. Last year, the FDA released what we believe to be the largest set of test results to date on the presence of arsenic in rice and rice products, and we are planning to release a draft assessment of the potential health risks associated with the consumption of arsenic in these same foods.
Until that review is completed, the agency continues to recommend that consumers, including pregnant women, eat a well-balanced diet containing a variety of grains. Parents should feed infants and toddlers a variety of grains as well, and consider options other than rice cereal for a child’s first solid food.


Published studies and ongoing FDA research indicate that cooking rice in excess volumes of water – five to six times that of the rice – and draining the water can reduce the arsenic content, though it may also reduce the nutritional value of the rice.

Complete Ratings and recommendations on all kinds of products, including appliances, cars & trucks, and electronic gear, are available on Consumer Reportswebsite.

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<![CDATA[Flu Cases on the Rise]]> Mon, 17 Nov 2014 17:43:59 -0600 http://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/flu+vax.jpg

Flu activity has steadily gone up each of the last few weeks, according to the Texas Department of State Health Services' weekly influenza surveillance report. 

In Tarrant County, they're seeing the same thing in the public health department's surveillance program, an increase in numbers.
At Hall's Pharmacy in Fort Worth's Near Southside neighborhood, they're seeing an increase in numbers, too, in the number of customers getting their flu shots.
"We are seeing about 20 to 30 people almost every day," said Raja Avanadula, a pharmacist at Hall's Pharmacy.
From the nasal mist for children to the vaccine for adults, Avanadula says many of his customers are concerned following last year's flu season.
"There was an outbreak in January and many more people came in at that time," he said. "And I think they're scared about the last year of things, so they wanted to take care of this year."
And while it's early in the flu season, Tarrant County Public Health says it's looking a lot like last year, so far.
"This year’s flu stats are tracking what we did last year, starting to come up, as usual when it gets cold and then December hits," said Russel Jones, the county's chief epidemiologist. "We'll see what happens."
One thing noticed early on in the season is that one of the strains in this year's vaccine, is showing up in the county's surveillance.
"Half of them to over half of them come back positive with Type-A, H3," Jones said.
Jones says many are positive for H3 N2 or what appears to be very close to that strain. That strain was actually developed for the vaccine out of a Tarrant County case several years ago. And while the flu shot and nasal mist are no guarantee to avoid the flu, experts say it continues to be the best defense against the flu and minimizing the flu's impact. And so, they continue to urge people to get the vaccine.
"Earlier the better," Jones said.
As for the pharmacy, they're well-stocked.
"We always order an extra amount," Avanadula said. 
Last year when many retailers ran out of the flu shot, Hall's was one of the very few in the area still with a supply.
Experts warn that it does take two weeks for the shot to take on its full immunity, meaning you can get sick before the shot takes effect.

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<![CDATA[Watchdog: Don't Overpay for Minor Medical Care]]> Mon, 17 Nov 2014 12:02:52 -0600 http://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/DAVID_WOO__1412863784_40199434.JPG

In 2010, Texas created a new licensing law for stand-alone emergency rooms. Since then, dozens of these emergency rooms have popped up. When customers get a sticker-shock bill, they contact The Watchdog at The Dallas Morning News.

CLICK HERE to read more from our media partners at The Dallas Morning News.

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<![CDATA[Dallas County Reports 4th Case of Chikungunya]]> Wed, 12 Nov 2014 17:12:53 -0600 http://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/AP702217698660.jpg

The Dallas County Health and Human Services Department confirms a fourth case of Chikungunya in Dallas County this year.

Officials said the patient was infected with the virus during a trip to a country where it is endemic.

Further details on this case were not released due to medical confidentiality and personal privacy reasons.

Chikungunya is transmitted to humans by mosquitoes, and it can cause sudden fever and joint pain, as well as rashes.

While most people infected with Chikungunya recover, there is no vaccine, and it can become disabling.

Health officials urge the public to take protective measures by utilizing the "4Ds" to reduce the risk of being bitten by a mosquito infected with Chikungunya:

DEET All Day, Every Day: Whenever you’re outside, use insect repellents that contain DEET, picaridin or oil of lemon eucalyptus.

DRESS: Wear long, loose and light-colored clothing outside.

DRAIN: Remove all areas of standing water in and around your home.

DUSK & DAWN: Limit outdoor activities during dusk and dawn hours when mosquitoes are most active.

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<![CDATA[Flu Cases on the Rise; Health Leaders Urge Shots]]> Fri, 07 Nov 2014 17:45:51 -0600 http://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/FluOutbreak_Shots_Vaccine.jpg

For the third week in a row, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention report that Texas is seeing local, or moderate flu activity; still more than most other states in the country.

Health officials in Denton County say the big increase in cases may not be far.

County Chief Epidemiologist Juan Rodriguez reports an increase lately in the illness they have to deal with all year.

Denton County Health Department Director Dr. Matt Richardson said this is the beginning of the season.

“There’s no crystal ball to see how bad it will be. What we do know is, there’s going to be a big outbreak of the flu. It happens every year,” said Dr. Richardson.

While it is a common illness in the winter, he said it’s one that must be taken seriously.

“The CDC anticipates 30-40,000 people die of the flu every year,” said Richardson adding that roughly averages out to 70-90 deaths in Denton County alone.

That’s why now is the time for prevention.

At CareNow, nurses and doctors also saw a slight uptick in cases over the past week, but are urging folks to get into clinics ahead of the illness to help prevent it.

“I think we have to be prepared for it to be hitting early,” said CareNow’s Chief Medical Director Dr. Martin Jones. “There’s plenty of flu vaccine that’s still available and so we encourage people to get out and get that. It’s the most common thing people can do to minimize their risk.”

Dr. Jones said there has been interest in the vaccine this year, but as always, they’d love to see more folks coming in to get shots and help prevent the spread of the flu.

Experts caution that the flu shot or mist does take about two weeks to kick in, so now is really the time to get it before holiday travel starts and the virus becomes more of a common issue.

“We start seeing a change in the weather, we get closer to November-December is usually when we start seeing winter-like illnesses,” said Jones. “Certainly influenza comes with that, too.”

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<![CDATA[President George W. Bush Meets Amber Vinson]]> Fri, 07 Nov 2014 21:46:17 -0600 http://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/David-Woo-_1415388200.jpg

Former President George W. Bush dropped by Texas Health Presbyterian Hospital Friday to recognize the end of Dallas’ Ebola outbreak.

Bush visited with health care workers, including Amber Vinson, one of the nurses who became infected while caring for the nation’s first patient diagnosed with Ebola.

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