Flu concerns amid deadly season
Every state across the country, except Hawaii, is experiencing flu-like symptoms as the epidemic increases.
The Centers of Disease Control and Prevention is seeing the highest level of activity with the flu in nearly a decade.
"The type of flu virus this year, this H3N2, tends to be more severe and so, unfortunately, we're seeing an increase risk of death in pediatric patients," said Cameron County Health Authority Dr. James Castillo.
Dr. Castillo says that women are at a higher risk for major complications, which is why he advises expecting women to take precautions to avoid contracting the virus.
According to the CDC, getting a flu shot is not only safe for expecting mothers, but works as a shield that protects the baby for months after birth.
Castillo also recommends staying away from people who have the flu, washing your hands periodically and avoiding touching your mouth and eyes without proper sanitation.