Texas is one of the states with the highest flu infection rate in the country, and over weekend H1N1, or swine flu, claimed the life of a teenage boy.
The identity of that Houston teenager is not being released yet. Additionally, many more across the state have died from the H1N1 strain of the flu.
The state of Texas does not keep an official tally of adult deaths. However, the Centers for Disease Control says Texas is one of the six states with high activity of influenza-like illnesses.
Three men suffering from other health issues recently died from H1N1 in Harris County. Three deaths have also been reported in Longview.
In Austin, one person has died, while several others are in critical condition at area hospitals.
Cases are widespread across the state, and this season, infections are spiking weeks earlier than normal. These rates of infection are not typically seen until late January or February.
The current flu shot defends against H1N1, and health officials say it is not too late to get vaccinated.
The CDC also reports about 95% of the Texas influenza cases are H1N1, which triggered the 2009 pandemic.
The best advice is to get vaccinated. Also, it is important to wash your hands often to clean off germs, sneeze and cough into your sleeve or a tissue. Finally, if you are sick, stay home. Do not spread your germs to your co-workers.
Aside from the flu, there has also been a rise in the number of cases of pertussis or whopping cough. A local doctor told FOX 7, many parents are opting out of vaccines. With more cases circulating, that exposes others who may have not been vaccinated.
Getting vaccinated is the best way to prevent whooping cough but even if they get the shot, some children may still get the virus.