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2/10/05-Tyler

Medical Officials Say Flu Virus On The Rise In East Texas

Union Hill ISD cancelled classes on Friday because of a flu outbreak.  Medical officials say Union Hill ISD isn't the only area of East Texas seeing an epidemic.  Local officials say emergency rooms and doctors offices across Smith and Gregg counties have been flooded with flu patients in the past 2 weeks.

They say they are seeing patients for both Influenza A and B.  Influenza A is the most dangerous strain of the virus. However, medical officials say this epidemic should not be as serious.

"The fact that we've seen these strains before," said Dr. Ed Dominguez, "they are similar strains that circulated in prior influenza years there is probably a little bit more immunity in the community than there was last year when we first saw this strain."

Doctor Ed advises that if you've already received a flu vaccination earlier this year you may want to see your doctor about receiving the vaccine again.

He says most flu vaccines are effective for only 12 weeks.

Maya Golden reporting, mgolden@kltv.com

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