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North Texas Flu Cases Spike Ahead of Thanksgiving

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    Flu Cases Spike in North Texas

    Health officials in North Texas are warning about a spike in flu cases in adults and children ahead of the Thanksgiving holiday. (Published Tuesday, Nov. 21, 2017)

    Health officials in North Texas are warning about a spike in flu cases in adults and children ahead of the Thanksgiving holiday.

    According to Medical City Arlington officials, flu is up in Southeast Tarrant County.

    Medical City Arlington and Medical City Arlington ER Grand Prairie reports almost 200 cases last week.

    "We've seen a large amount of positive cases, which is a little bit unexpected, just in the last week or so," said Dr. Trent Boyko, an emergency physician.

    Domino's Pizza Launches Outdoor Delivery

    [DFW] Domino's Pizza Launches Outdoor Delivery

    Domino's Pizza is tweaking its home delivery service for those times you're not at home.
    After years of delivery right to your doorstep, Domino's drivers will now deliver to outdoor locations.
    That includes beaches, parks, landmarks, and other outdoor locations across the country.
    Domino's says its drivers will deliver to 150-thousand locations from the Gateway Arch in St. Louis, to the "Welcome to Las Vegas" sign.
    The locations are now active and show up in the company's app or website as "Domino's Hotspots."
    Customers pre-pay for their orders, select a location, and your pizza is on the way.
    Previously, Domino's delivered to offbeat locations, but, the new service sets up designated drop off points.
    The service was tested last fall in Miami before being rolled out nationwide.

    (Published Monday, April 16, 2018)

    The Dallas County Health Department reports 112 cases last week.

    Cook Children's reports 23 children were diagnosed with the flu last week.

    "That's the most patients we've seen since a really bad 2014. In comparison, we did not see a single case of the flu during the month of November in 2015 and 2016," the hospital stated in an alert.

    "It's here, and it's just a matter of time before we get inundated with flu everywhere," Boyko said.

    He said none of the people he's treated for flu had received this year's flu shot, which tells him this season's shot may be working like its supposed to.

    Doctors suggest getting your shot as soon as possible, but the flu shot takes two weeks before it can protect you from the virus.

    Canada Lawmakers Hold Moment of Silence

    [DFW] Canada Lawmakers Hold Moment of Silence

    Canadian lawmakers wore hockey jerseys on Monday to honor the victims and their families of that tragic bus crash in Canada that killed 16 people.
    The bus was carrying the junior league Humboldt hockey team to a game when a tractor-trailer slammed into the bus.
    Sixteen were killed and thirteen people were injured in the crash.
    Today's remembrance was one of a number of events that honored the team and their families.
    Earlier the lawmakers honored Rusty Staub, a major leaguer who played for the Montreal Expos and the New York Mets.

    (Published Monday, April 16, 2018)

    So while you're traveling through busy airports, or spending time with loved ones Thanksgiving Day, Boyko says good hand hygiene will be key to a flu-free holiday.

    He expects flu cases to increase when children return to school next week.

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