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Vaccines not the only way to beat Flu bug

Zavalla resident Kitty Hlavaty receiving her flu shot. Zavalla resident Kitty Hlavaty receiving her flu shot.
Sarah Adams, Angelina County and Cities Health District Immunization Director Sarah Adams, Angelina County and Cities Health District Immunization Director
LUFKIN, TX (KTRE) -

Flu numbers are very low right now in Deep East Texas, according to the Angelina County and Cities Health District.

"...And that's the way we want to keep it," said district immunization director Sarah Adams. She says keeping watch over your health is critical this winter.

"It's really important that you get your flu shot now. It's not too late. Around Angelina County, Polk County, San Augustine, usually in Texas, flu doesn't peak until January," said Adams.

Adams says Prevention is the best way to avoid a visit to the doctor.

"The most important thing that you can do is get your flu vaccine," said Adams.

The Health District says the changes in temperature usually prompts the need for more East Texans to want to come in and get their flu shot.

"Patients are going to start rolling in because cold weather usually means flu is right around the corner," said Adams.

The cold weather is exactly what brought Zavalla resident, Kitty Hlavaty in to the health district today. She came in specifically for her shot.

"They say it's supposed to help prevent it," said Hlavaty.

She says one flu diagnosis, last year, was enough for her.

"You hurt all over, and you just feel blah, you know. You just feel bad," said Hlavaty.

Hlavaty says she was encouraged by doctors and friends that immunization is the best prevention method.

"I just know that everybody says to take it. That helps from getting it," said Hlavaty.

"We like to see the people come in and get vaccinated because a vaccinated community is a disease free community," said Adams.

While vaccination is the best preventative measure, Adams also encourages washing your hands, coughing in your sleeve instead of your hands, and keeping disinfectant on hand.

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