"The number of flu cases is relatively high for this time of year, and public health officials are concerned there will be a high risk of spreading the flu during the holiday season".
There have been news reports that this year's flu vaccine is only about 10 percent effective, but those reports are misleading.
Doctors say a typical flu season in Oklahoma usually runs from October to May.
Fayette, Jefferson and Pike counties had the highest numbers of flu cases in the state. It takes about two weeks after vaccination to fully develop protection against the flu, officials said.
The vaccine can greatly lower one's chance of getting the flu, according to medical experts.
The ACIP says symptoms, in rare instances, include fever, muscle pain, and discomfort or weakness, which typically go away after a day or two.
A preventative vaccine is especially important for the very young, the elderly or people with chronic health conditions.
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Adults can pass off the flu for five days after the onset of symptoms and children can be infectious for seven days. Every November and December, things ramp up on the flu front and despite our best efforts, it is easy to catch whatever flu happens to be circulating through the population. In comparison, there were 87 cases of the flu reported at this time a year ago. No. 1 on the list is to get a flu shot.
"That's about average for us here, but with number of cases going up in OH, we expect to see those trends pick up in Sandusky County", Brown said.
The Centers for Disease Control continues to recommend an annual flu vaccine for all people ages six months and older.
"They've had it since, like, three months ago", Perez said.
Other suggestions for staying healthy include frequent hand-washing, using hand sanitizers, staying away from sick people, avoiding touching the eyes, nose or mouth, and cleaning commonly touched surfaces.
The Hill Country's off-again, on-again winter weather is the prime time to get influenza and be calling work to say you're sick.