UPDATED: Thursday, January 3, 2013 - 4:14pm
BRAZOS COUNTY — You may think it's too late to get a flu shot if you haven't already but it's not.
And you probably should, if you didn't earlier this year because Texas is one of five southern states already reporting widespread flu-like illnesses and that includes right here in Brazos County.
The aches and pains, fever and nausea...they're all signs that point to the flu and if you haven't gotten your vaccine yet, there's a good chance you might contract the illness.
"Because it's getting colder and we're all looking for indoor activities to help beat the weather, we're more congregated together and it only takes being within six feet of someone to catch the flu," said Julie Anderson with the Brazos County Health Department.
While reporting the flu to the health department is voluntary, so far this year Brazos County has already seen an increase of the illness.
32 positive flu cases have been reported, that's nearly twice as many as this time last year and Anderson, a registered nurse, says it could be a sign of what's to come.
"You usually think of the flu as January or February but we started seeing cases in November and early December."
The easiest way to prevent getting sick is by getting a flu shot but is it too late?
"No it's absolutely not too late to get your shot because the flu season will extend all the way through March and April so it's definitely a good time to get it," Anderson says.
Anderson recommends anyone over the age of six months get the shot but if you don't like needles, the flu mist is just as effective.