Flu Cases Spike in Amarillo

Kristen Guilfoos
NewsChannel 10

Amarillo, Texas - If you haven't had your flu shot yet, local doctors say it's now more important than ever to get that taken care of.

This warning comes as flu cases across Potter and Randall counties are spiking drastically. BSA Hospital says last week about 5% of people coming into the emergency room tested positive for flu... This week, it's 15%.

At Amarillo Urgent Care... They're seeing at least 10 people a day coming in with the full-blown flu. So if you're not protected with the flu shot, doctors say you're putting yourself at risk.

Charlotte Wheeler, RN, BSA Infection Prevention, "What many people don't know is that you can spread the flu to people 24 hours before you yourself start showing symptoms. So if you're out there in the community, at your church, at the store, you could be spreading it to people without knowing."

She also stresses the importance of coming in to get checked out when you first start showing symptoms... If not taken care of, the flu can quickly turn into something much worse.. Bronchitis, pneumonia or even respiratory failure.