The flu season has become deadly in Texas, with several deaths reported from the H1N1 strain.

The state of Texas has seen a lot of occurrences of influenza during this season raising concern among the community. This year’s season may be off to a slow start nationwide, but infection rates seem to be increasing in the south-central United States, where five deaths have already been reported in Texas.

In Hidalgo County, 18 estimated cases of the H1N1 influenza strain have been reported and four adults have been hospitalized as a result of it. Texas has two flu seasons, one which takes place October through November, and January through March.

With the increase in cases, health specialists are urging residents now more than ever to get the flu shot. The H1N1 is different from other flues because it tends to strike people who are most vulnerable.

Throughout the year pharmacies carry approximately 12 prescriptions of the virus, but during this time of year they are fully equipped.

Although everyone can be at risk this virus is only transmittable through human contact and there are ways to help you prevent it– cover your mouth while coughing, wash your hands constantly and stay home if you’re sick. If you are experiencing symptoms it is recommend seeking your doctor immediately and the sooner it is taken care of the higher your chances are of a speedy recovery