Flu Cases Increasing

WICHITA FALLS - Reports from local healthcare providers have indicated an increase in flu activity in the Wichita Falls area. There has also been an increase in emergency room visits due to flu-like symptoms.

The Wichita Falls-Wichita County Public Health District is strongly encouraging those that have not yet received a flu vaccine to do so without delay.  

Once received, the flu vaccine takes approximately two weeks to provide effective protection. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, this year's vaccine is well matched with the flu strains now circulating.

The Health District also recommends the following to help prevent the transmission of the flu:

● Washing hands frequently,
● Covering your mouth and nose when coughing or sneezing,
● and Staying home when you are sick.

The Health District has a large supply of flu vaccine, which is available on a walk-in basis Monday-Friday from 8:00 a.m. to 4:30p.m. The District has also established an after-hours clinic to be held on Tuesday, January 22, from 8:00 a.m. to 6:30 p.m.