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A Better East Texas: Flu Season

We have experienced a colder than normal winter up to this point and it is a welcome sight for many of us but with a cold winter, people are driven indoors more and with that comes the spread of the flu. 

Forty-one states – more than 80% of the country – are dealing with this severe outbreak and it is weeks earlier than normal so it will get worse before it gets better.  Our country is in the middle of a flu epidemic and Texas and especially east Texas is not immune. 

Local hospitals are dealing with hundreds of flu infected patients and are even to the point of accepting only the most serious cases.  So the flu epidemic is here, now, and we can all do our part to limit the spread. 

First of all, you need to get a flu shot.  I have heard for years about people avoiding the flu shot because they feel they received it and still got the flu.  You just can't get the flu from the flu shot.  It does take up to two weeks to get your system immunized, but you cannot get the flu from the flu shot. 

The next thing to do is to wash your hands – a lot.  The flu virus can live for hours on surfaces so unless you are wearing surgical gloves continuously, you need to wash your hands to limit your chances of contacting the virus. 

Thousands of people will die from the flu this year and we all need to do our part to limit the flu's impact.  It will help us all be healthier in the new year and make for a Better East Texas.

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