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Wichita County Health Experts See Spike in Flu Cases

We certainly hope you didn't get the flu for Christmas after Wichita County Health officials say they've seen a spike in cases in Texoma and all across the state.
We certainly hope you didn't get the flu for Christmas after Wichita County Health officials say they've seen a spike in cases in Texoma and all across the state.

Leslie Gresham, Epidemiology Charge Nurse at Wichita County-Wichita Falls Public Health District, says five people have died from flu related complications in the state.

The deaths were related to the H1N1 virus, a strain of the flu, but so far experts say not in our area.

"There's several factors that could've indicated why there may have been deaths associated with this influenza for this population so we are stressing vaccination because what we are hearing from the centers for disease control is that it is a covered strain," Gresham says.

However, Gresham says they are seeing is a spike in the number of regular flu cases.

She says while several cases have already been reported, there are still fewer compared to this time last year. 

"The fact that we're seeing an increase at the end of December, that's normal and the numbers that we're seeing just in surveillance is at or below what we were seeing last year," Gresham says. 

She says patients who continue flooding doctor's offices and clinics are people who didn't get vaccinated at all or not early enough.

"Last year, the issue with flu was the vaccine did not cover the strain that was circulating," Gresham says. "What we're seeing this year should be covered with the vaccine that we are giving."

Which is why Gresham and other health officials say it is not too late to arm yourself with a shot of protection.

If you still need to get vaccinated, the Wichita County-Wichita Falls Health District is open Monday through Friday, except New Year's Day, from 8 a.m. until 4:30 p.m.

If you have any questions, you can call them at (940)761-6841.

Gresham says it's also important to practice good hygiene like washing your hands and if you are sick, to stay home so you don't spread the germs to others.
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