UPDATED: Friday, April 13, 2012 - 8:53am
The flu virus is spreading rapidly through McLennan County. Public health officials say it is not too late to protect yourself from becoming the next sick victim.
There were 201 reported flu cases, at the McLennan County Public Health District, just last week. That number is eight times as many reported cases than the first week of this month. Health officials say that during the holidays, people are traveling, and not staying at home, even if they are sick. Some people are not wanting to get the vaccine, which is another reason why the virus is continuing to spread. Kelly Craine, with the McLennan County Health District, says, "they can come up with all kinds of reasons why, they don't have time, their too busy, it just slipped their mind."
However, more people now seeing the importance of getting the shot, not just to protect themselves, but others as well. More than 3000 people have received their flu shot at the McLennan County Health District, since October.
The virus can cause severe symptoms that could require hospitalization. High risk individuals include, people over the age of 65, and children younger than five years old. Pregnant woman should also take extra precautions, as well as people with chronic health conditions. .
Health officials encourage everyone to get the flu shot, and to avoid contact with anyone who has the virus.