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Top Stories: North Texas Hasn’t Hit Peak Flu Season Yet


The top local stories this morning from KERA News:

We may not have seen the worst of the flu season yet. Flu cases typically peak between December and March.

Since Oct. 1, Dallas County has reported 18 flu-related deaths. None so far in Tarrant or surrounding counties, but cases are rising. Russ Jones, chief epidemiologist for Tarrant County Public Health, told the Dallas Morning News 12 long-term care facilities in the county have had flu outbreaks.

So far, more than 1,100 people across Texas have died of flu or pneumonia this season. Older adults, people with chronic health conditions, pregnant women, young children and infants are more vulnerable to the flu.

Health officials say the flu vaccine is the best protection against illness, and recommend it for people aged 6 months and older.

Other stories this morning:

  • A new report ranks some North Texas suburbs among some of the most prosperous in the country.
  • Today in Breakthroughs, we hear from members of the team who performed the first successful uterine transplant in the U.S.

You can listen to North Texas stories weekdays at 8:22 a.m. and 6:20 p.m. on KERA 90.1 FM. 

Former KERA staffer Krystina Martinez was an assistant producer. She produced local content for Morning Edition and She also produced The Friday Conversation, a weekly series of conversations with North Texas newsmakers. Krystina was also the backup newscaster for the Texas Standard.