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Got Flu Shot?

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Health clinics around the region continue to offer flu vaccine into the spring

Warmer weather...bright sunshine...trees starting to's beginning to look a lot like spring!  But that doesn't mean that flu season's over.

The Texas Department of State Health Services says it’s not too late to get your flu shot. Health officials warn that flu is still widespread in the state, and more people are likely to get sick before the season ends typically in May.

“After the first of the year, we started seeing the number of flu cases and other influenza-like illnesses really start to pick up,” said Chris Van Deusen, spokesman for DSHS. “The best advice is to get that flu shot.”

Flu’s unpredictability makes it hard for officials to say whether the season has peaked this year.

In addition to getting vaccinated, officials say covering your coughs and sneezes and washing hands frequently with warm soap and water can also help to prevent spreading flu.