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Flu Season Underway in Texoma

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DENISON,TX--- Flu season is now in full swing. So far a handful of flu-related hospitalizations have been reported in both Texas and Oklahoma. 

Flu season officially started September 30th but the number of cases being reported did not start increasing until recently. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention is stressing that now is the best time for people to get their flu shot.

Robert Wigington says getting the flu one time was enough to make him a repeat customer at the Grayson County Health Department.

"We were coming back from Florida and me and my wife both got the flu. We had to stop at a hotel and spend a night or two and I was really glad to get home because we didn't think we were going to survive," Wigington said. 

Now every October he gets his flu shot.

"It's just a no-brainer. If anyone's ever had the flu, they would not want to get it again," said Wigington.

Grayson County Health Department nurse Mary Brice encourages anyone aged six months and older to get the shot.

"We have three different kinds of vaccines for ages six months and up. That includes up to age 65. We have the intradermal, which is the very small needle and that's for ages 18 to 64 and then we have our high dose," said Brice.

A high dosage of the vaccine is recommended for anyone aged 65 and older. This is because the high dose compensates for their weakened immune systems.

Brice says the shot takes about two weeks to kick in and will last throughout one season.

It protects against the three strains of the flu that cause the most illness. So far 3,000 people have received their flu shot this season at the Grayson County Health Department.

"They don't want to get the flu because they realize that if they get the flu they're going to have to get a lot of shots and a lot of medication and it's expensive going to the doctor," said Brice.

The CDC says the flu season typically peaks in January and February. 

To find out where to get your flu shot, you can go to these web pages.

Texas Locations: http://www.dshs.state.tx.us/txflu/flu-locator.shtm

Oklahoma Locations: http://www.ok.gov/triton/modules/health/map/county_map.php