NACOGDOCHES, TX (KTRE) - "There are thousands of individuals who actually die from the flu virus annually, and then there are thousands that are hospitalized from complications," said Sarah Adams, Immunization Director of Angelina County and Cities Health District.
That's why Adams encourages everyone to get a flu shot. She's not the only one working to keep East Texas healthy.
"For the state of Texas, it's a whole lot cheaper to have preventative medicines than it is to treat the symptoms," said State Representative, District 2, Chuck Hopson.
Hopson partnered with Walgreen's and the Boys and Girls Club of Nacogdoches to give free flu shots this afternoon.
"We're right now in the peak season of flu. And, I want to make sure that all these kids that want to be vaccinated are vaccinated," said Hopson.
For places like the Boys and Girls Club, they say it's important to make sure that everyone is vaccinated in order to prevent the spread of viruses.
"A lot of toys and things, you know, illnesses and germs can be spread through that, so we take precautions," said Harold Whitaker, Program Director of the Boys and Girls Club of Nacogdoches.
The flu is a highly contagious virus, that proves more life-threatening in the elderly, pregnant, and young children.
"In a lot of these younger children, flu can be deadly. And, we actually have some kids die every year," said Hopson.
Adams recommends that everyone 6 months and older get vaccinated before any symptoms arrive. Once vaccinated, it takes 2 weeks for protection to fully kick in. That protection is good for a year.