Jeff Smith, NBC 5 News
Recent data shows Texas leads the nation in flu cases so far this season.
The Centers for Disease Control will release its weekly flu activity report for the first time since the government shutdown Friday.
Recent data shows Texas leads the nation in flu cases so far this season. The rest of the country has “low” flu activity but only Texas had “minimal” activity, which is higher. However, because of the shutdown the federal government hasn’t been tracking flu cases or analyzing laboratory samples.
The CDC’s website says researchers only resumed analyzing flu surveillance data and testing new samples on Wednesday.
While it is very early in the season, there has already been one flu-related death in Dallas County.
Health experts say it’s advisable for North Texans to get vaccinated now before the number of flu cases spike dramatically.