BRYAN - Local health officials are noting an upswing in the reported cases of the flu in Brazos County.
The Brazos County Health Department says that in the first two weeks of December, the number of reported flu tests for Influenza Type A more than doubled to nearly 140- and experts say that's expected to rise as more people get together in close quarters for the holidays.
The first numbers were pegged back in October but the final week of November showed a significant up-tick in the spread of the flu.
Julie Anderson with the department says they're considering this an "early start" to the flu season, which she says normally peaks in January or February of each year. She emphasizes that that best way to protect yourself and your family is by getting a flu shot.
Anderson said that there are a number of influenza strains that are covered by the vaccine each, and though they are not 100% effective at preventing the illness, they are the most reliable method of prevention and greatly reduce the risk of the virus spreading to other people, including to children and the elderly.
Flu shots are available at most drug stores for a nominal fee and are often covered by health insurance. The Brazos County Health Department also offers vaccines to those without insurance under certain circumstances which can be found with the linked website on this page.
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