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Flu in the Falls

Eight people in Wichita County have been hospitalized for the flu in the last five months.  All of those people are adults, most of them elderly.

There was an increase of people with the flu in Wichita County within the last two weeks of December.

Melissa Smith brought her daughter, Angie Smith to the Wichita Falls-Wichita County Public Health District on Monday to receive the flu vaccine.  Instead of getting the flu shot, Angie got the flu nasal spray.

“She didn't have it last year because she got the nasal one which is what she got today.  I thought that it would be best for her not to get the flu by getting the flu shot," said Melissa Smith.

Angie is one of the many people getting a flu vaccine.

“Influenza is definitely here.  The number one way that a person can protect themselves against influenza is to get vaccinated.  It's still our best defense," said Lou Kreidler of the Wichita Falls-Wichita County Public Health District.

Protection from the flu vaccine is something that moms like Melissa Smith enjoy.

“I like the nasal spray and she (Angie) even likes it because it's less painful and it's easier for the doctors to handle the kids," said Smith.

The flu has reached epidemic levels across the country.  January is the peak of flu season.

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevented released a report on Monday stating that 43 states are now experiencing high or widespread flu activity.  Texas and Oklahoma are both included in that number. 

Remember, it's never too late for you to get a flu vaccine.

Taylor Barnes, Newschannel 6

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