Once again, the number of confirmed Flu cases, in McLennan County, continued to rise last week. Those numbers were expected to decrease, since school nurses would be handling some of the students cases, however, numbers are still rising.
Public health officials say that some people do not know the severity of the symptoms, or how long those symptoms can last. In some cases, the virus can last up to a month.
Once you have the virus, your immune system is down, and your body becomes vulnerable to other sicknesses. One man said that one of his family members died last week, after getting sick with the Flu, that then turned into Pneumonia.
\The McLennan County Public Health District is offering free Flu vaccines through the end of this week. They will administer the shot during normal clinic hours. The last chance to get the vaccine for free is Friday, January 7th, from 8:30-11:30 am.
Health officials continue to encourage everyone to take advantage of this free opportunity, not only for yourself, but for the health of your friends and family as well.