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Though flu season mild, health officials push vaccinations

Jan. 12, 2012 at 10:05 p.m.
Updated Jan. 11, 2012 at 7:12 p.m.


GET YOUR FLU SHOT

To find out where to get a flu shot, people should contact their health care provider, local health department or dial 2-1-1. Flu information and tips for protecting against the flu are at texasflu.org.

The flu season has been somewhat mild, but the Texas Department of State Health Services still recommends a vaccination.

"This has been a fairly mild flu season so far, but that can change quickly," said Dr. David Lakey, Texas Department of State Health Services commissioner, said in a news release.

In Texas, the typical increase in the number of flu cases is in January and February, Lakey said.

The Victoria area, through Twin Fountains Walk-In Clinic, and its new clinic on Main Street, has seen cases sporadically, said Dr. John McNeill.

"The thing is people are getting lulled into a false sense of security," he said. "It's just a matter of time."

McNeill's offices typically see most cases in late January into early February.

One day they may see three, the next they may seen 10 and then soon after 40.

"It really grows exponentially," he said.

The recommendation from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention is everyone 6 months old and older be vaccinated for the seasonal flu.

Preventing the spread of flu is simple. Covering all coughs and sneezes, and washing hands frequently can help prevent the spread of flu.

Symptoms include fever, coughing, sore throat, aches, chills and fatigue.

Healthy people usually recover, but flu can be fatal in people older than 65, pregnant women, young children and people with chronic health conditions, according to the news release.

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