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Health officials say this flu season is a nasty one

We can consider ourselves lucky in Lubbock that we're learning from other regions how bad this flu season will be while there are still just a few cases reported here. So, we have time to protect ourselves with a flu shot before the coughing, sneezing, feverish, achy symptoms becomes widespread across the South Plains.  Health officials are warning that the flu strain this year is a nasty one.

Dr. Ryan Shelton said, "It's earlier this year, and it's more severe. This is going to be a tough flu season for us."  "If you catch the flu, you will be down for the count for at least a week."

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention reports this is the earliest start to flu activity we've seen since in seven years.  The vaccine in shot or mist form continues to be your best protection. But...the sooner the better... since it takes two weeks to build an immunity after the vaccination.

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