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Central Texas sees average flu cases, while Texas has an increase

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The middle of the flu season is here and Texas has seen a significant increase in cases, but in Central Texas, health officials aren't worried just yet.

The numbers in the area are normal this time of the year and the trend isn't much different than last year. McLennan County has seen 1,500 flu cases since October. 621 H1N1 cases, also called swine flu, have been confirmed for the month of December. Flu season goes from October until March and doctors say peak season is from January to March.

The Lone Star State is one of the 10 states to see an uptick in H1N1 cases. Doctors say H1N1 is similar to the normal flu strain, and they are still encouraging the public to get their flu shot. Even for pregnant woman, which can be a concern.

"For pregnant women who receive the vaccine not only does it protect, but it will actually protect their child," Scott and White Senior Physician Dr. John Joseph said. "Those antibodies will last in the child for at least six months."

According to the Texas Department of Health Services website, H1N1 cases had a five percent spike since last week. Health officials say another increase may happen once children go back to school from winter break.

Doctors also say it is important to keep your hands away from the face area since that will decrease the chances of catching the virus.

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