Flu in the Fall: Heath District encourages Texoma to get their flu shot

WICHITA FALLS, TX - Flu season is here and there are already confirmed cases of the virus in Texoma.  Some are waiting to get their shot, and some of that is because of the weather.

Nurses at the Wichita Falls Health District said people do not think about getting their flu shot, but say Flu season is here and is in full swing.

"It's never too late to get your flu shot," said Jenna Holden, a nurse at the health district.  "I mean, we're still giving them."

Health experts say flu season runs from October to February and want to encourage Texomans to protect themselves this year.

"A lot of people don't think about getting their flu shot until it gets cold outside," said Holden.   "So it's still been so warm people are in shorts half the time so I think that's a big reason why we haven't seen that influx yet."

She says just because you're in shorts and a t-shirt doesn't protect you from the virus.

"We have had a few confirmed cases here in the area," said Holden.

The shot does not offer protection overnight.

"When you do get your flu shot it does take about 10 days to two weeks to take full effect," said Holden.   "If you're exposed to the flu sometime after that you may not be really covered---but it does take about two weeks for the full effect."

She says that icky feeling you get after a shot is a good thing.

"You may feel just kind of lousy for a day or so and that's where people think I have the flu because I don't feel well," said Holden.  "Well that's not the flu that's your body building up this immune response and that's good."

She says the symptoms of the flu body aches, headache, coughing and fatigue.

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