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Flu Frequency

Flu Frequency

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    Influenza numbers continue to rise at the national, regional and state levels. According to the Texas Department of State Health Services the most recent weekly report shows the level of influenza is "high". 
    
    Texas had an increase of nearly four percent in positive influenza specimens this past week, bringing the number of positive test to 19.02 percent.
    
    According to the Center for Disease Control and Prevention, 13.3 percent of national specimens tested positive for influenza.
  
    Flu shots are given during the flu season, which runs from October through May. Nurse Leslie Gresham of the Wichita County Public Health District said while state and national numbers are on the rise, vaccination numbers at her clinic are staying level. 
    Vaccination numbers at WCPHD 2011-2013
    2011- 1900+ vaccinations
    2012- 2100+ vaccinations
    2013- 1400+ vaccinations (numbers continue into May 2014)
    Gresham said many who come into the clinic worry they will get sick from the vaccination shot. Gresham said this is not true. The vaccination itself is not a live virus and it can take a little over two weeks for the antibodies to build up. 
    
     December through February are the peak months for vaccinations. Gresham said it's not too late to get your vaccination.
   
     It is highly recommended that you get the vaccination as it is the number one way to prevent yourself from getting the virus.

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