AUSTIN (KXAN) - As the holiday season gets into full swing, so does the flu season.
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention reports an increase in cases of the flu in certain regions across Texas. Travis County is included.
Betty Scott took her great-granddaughter to St. John's Community Center in Northeast Austin to get vaccinated. It was the little girl's first flu shot.
Following some tears, there was the comfort of knowing she's protected. It's even more important this year. The Austin Travis County Health and Human Services department says more kids are coming down with the flu this season than at the same time last year.
"We're noticing that the B-strand kind of is hitting kids a little bit more," says Coleen Christian, a health educator.
Christian says in addition to children, at-risk groups, such as pregnant women, people over 65, those with weak immune systems and those with chronic illnesses, are especially encouraged to get vaccinated.
Rita Tower was waiting in the St. John's waiting room. A severe asthmatic, she knows the drill.
"I've probably been getting flu shots for about 10 years now," Tower said.
She's caught the flu before, and knows its wrath.
"It's really hard on your system, and you really get sick.," Tower said, "so, a little shot--five minutes--and you're fine."
It can't hurt, knowing you're covered.
Clinics offered by the Health and Human Services Department , like the one at St. John's Community Center, offer shots to anyone who is uninsured. Expect a $10 co-pay. For those with insurance, a flu vaccine is free under the Affordable Care Act. Check with healthcare providers.
Most health offices offer the nasal flu vaccine--a mist that is sprayed in the nose. It's just as effective, and available for most people ages 2 to 49. Check with a doctor to see if that's option.
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