There was a 53 percent increase in hospital visits for influenza-like illnesses compared to last week and more are expected with students back in school, according to a report from Metro Health.


There has been an 18 percent increase in influenza-like illnesses compared to this time last year, the report said. There have been no pediatric deaths in Bexar and the surrounding counties. There have been six influenza-associated pediatric deaths reported statewide.

Metro Health also released the following information:

Public health research suggests that kids under the age of six are often vectors for influenza. To counteract this, Metro Health proactively vaccinated 1,034 children at Head Start and Pre-K 4 SA facilities this flu season.

Additionally, Metro Health will approach daycare centers in various areas throughout the community and provide flu vaccines to children beginning next week.

Metro Health also encourages people to get the flu vaccine, wash their hands, cover their cough and if you get the flu to complete all medication prescribed.