POSTED: Monday, October 22, 2012 - 6:54pm
UPDATED: Monday, October 22, 2012 - 7:47pm
Tyler, TX — We are all dreading it... catching a cold and the flu.
Texas Department of State Health reports...
Flu season is October through May , and that most flu illnesses in Texas usually occur in December, January and February.
"Right now is the best time to get the flu shot to protect yourself," says Brad Martin, Pharmacist, at Kinsey Pharmacy.
Martin tells KETK, flu prevention is the number one way to avoid hospitalization for flu and pneumonia.
"Especially our elderly population, flu is a very detrimental disease, it sends a lot of people to the hospital and causes a lot more mortality in the United States, " says Brad Martin, Pharmacist, at Kinsey Pharmacy.
Martin says, with weather change, he sees a lot of people coming in to the pharmacy for a flu shot and thinking about flu season.
Could it be allergies, cold or the flu?
"When you get the flu, if you get it one time you're never going to want to get it again, so if you think you might have the flu it's probably just a cold, but if you get the flu...you know you have the flu," says Brad Martin, Pharmacist, at Kinsey Pharmacy.
Symptoms of the flu are....vomiting, severe body aches, temperature over 100 degrees.
The Center for Disease Control and Prevention reports... February is the flu peak season.
Martin tells KETK, most importantly, keep proper hygiene, get the flu shot before you become exposed to the virus for best protection.