As the flu outbreak continues, strep throat is one of the secondary complications making the road to recovery a lot more difficult.
Dr. Julie Linderman with Inwood Village Pediatrics says she sees strep throat cases year round, but it can easily develop as a complication to the flu.
“If your body is focused on fighting a virus, then the bacteria have an easier time coming aboard not noticed,” Linderman said.
Linderman said there's a vaccine for young children and older adults to prevent the potentially deadly type of strep that can lead to pneumonia or meningitis. But she says the flu shot is the best defense for the more common Strep A.
“You have some protection, meaning you will have some defense that you wouldn't have otherwise that can protect you from having a severe illness as well as secondary complications,” Linderman said.
Linderman says one indication strep throat could be developing is if you're recovering from the flu, then at day 3 or 4 things take a turn for the worse.
“If for some reason at that point, you spike a new fever, your cough comes worse, you feel lethargic or you notice these symptoms in your child, you need to see a physician because at that point you could have a secondary infection,” Linderman said.
Dallas County health officials said it’s unclear how many people are developing strep throat secondarily because it doesn’t keep track of such a statistic.