Flu continues to be a problem in Central Texas

The CDC says the flu virus continues to be a problem nationwide. In Travis County, 12 people have died from the flu so far this season, including one child.

What's more alarming is that we're just now getting into peak season.

With school back in session across central Texas, Austin/Travis County Health and Human Services says this is usually when it sees a spike in flu activity.

Those most at risk are infants, the elderly, and people with weak immune systems.

Health care workers are urging everyone to get vaccinated.

"It is the best defense we have right now. Being immunized is the top way we have right now in preventing flu," said Kathy Cavin with Shots for Tots Clinics.

If you do get sick there is some relief.

"They can receive Tamiflu which will help speed the recovery and heal the symptoms," said Kurt Becker, Immunization Manager with City of Austin.

The best way to avoid the flu is getting the flu shot.

If you don't want to get vaccinated there are some things you can do to try to avoid getting sick.

Always wash your hands with soap and water and use hand sanitizer if there's no water around.

Also, cover your mouth when you sneeze or cough and if you're sick, stay home.