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Flu sweeps through East Texas

POSTED: Friday, February 13, 2009 - 6:35pm

UPDATED: Thursday, April 8, 2010 - 1:43am

LONGVIEW - The flu is sweeping across the state and leaving people feeling under the weather.

Dr. David Witt said, "Some schools have been hit pretty hard and some schools haven't been hit very hard but some have had a lot of kids affected by the flu."

Doctors say the key to making sure you dont get sick, is getting a flu shot.

Dr. Witt said, "You should get the flu vaccination in the fall like October or November and it takes 4-6 weeks to take effect."

But some people won't because they don't want the side effects.

Jennifer Forker said, "I'm a first grade teacher and there's so many different strands out there, I feel like there wouldn't be one vaccination I should get so i'm going to tough it out."

Tanya Langley is a health assistant and says, "I didn't get a flu shot this year or the past years because I've lost faith in the vaccine its self."

Doctors say you may feel badly for a day or two, but if you don't get the shot things could get worse.

Dr. Witt says, "With the flu it will last 5-10 days and may have potential worse outcomes of hospitalization or death."

Dr. Witt says good personal hygiene can also keep you well.

Which is exactly what Tanya does for her kids.

"Standard techniques, keeping hands clean is the main thing...trying to keep them healthy and get a good diet and make sure their not susceptible."

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Don't go to the ER just for the Flu- they are overwhelmed already. Imagine if you are in a car wreck and the ambulance cannot get into the ER because of thousands of welfare patients in the ER with the flu !

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