Pregnant woman among 8 flu victims in Travis County


by JADE MINGUS / KVUE News and photojournalist MICHAEL MOORE

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Posted on January 14, 2014 at 6:38 PM

Updated Tuesday, Jan 14 at 11:11 PM

AUSTIN -- A pregnant woman is among the eight people who have died from the flu in Travis County.

Health officials say only two of the eight victims got a flu shot, and five of them were younger than 60 years old.

Health officials say flu shots are essential for people in high risk groups including pregnant women, morbidly obese people and those with health complications including diabetes, asthma and heart conditions.

"This is similar to what we saw in 2009 with H1N1. It affects the younger adult population with severe illness," said the medical director of Austin/Travis County Health, Dr. Philip Huang.

Jon Davis got sick with the flu on New Year's Eve. He passed out on the floor and his wife called 911.

"I had never been that sick before," said Davis. "I never get the flu. I never get the flu shot. I might have a cold once a season, maybe, but I've never been that sick, ever."

Davis was treated by doctors at University Medical Center Brackenridge. He recovered with fluids and days of rest.

"Normally, I'm a very healthy guy. When they took me through those tests, they said, 'Your blood work is phenomenal. Your heart looks great. Your lungs look great. You are just really sick,'" said Davis.

Go here for more of KVUE's coverage of the flu in Central Texas.


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