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Flu activity continues to rise in McLennan County

Posted at 4:19 PM, Jan 02, 2020
and last updated 2020-01-02 17:19:57-05

The Waco-McLennan County Public Health Department is warning everyone to get their flu shots.

According to the Texas Department of State Health Services, flu activity has risen sharply during the month of December and shows no signs of stopping.

McLennan County's report for the week ending on Dec. 28 shows 714 cases of influenza-like illness activity and 754 cases of lab-confirmed flu cases.

Flu seasons in McLennan County for 2018 and 2019 were the highest recorded in the past five years.

The Center for Disease Control recommends that everyone six months of age and older get a flu vaccine each year.

Flu vaccination can reduce flu illnesses, doctor visits, and missed work and school due to flu, as well as prevent flu-related hospitalizations.

To see a weekly report of local flu activity and learn where to get a shot, click here.