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This Year’s Flu Season Is Starting Early But Building Steam

Public health professionals report that flu season has arrived across the Greater Houston. And while it may be off to a slow start, they recommend some measures that should lessen your chances of getting sick.

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The predominant flu strain this year is what’s called H3N2.

“We are seeing cases of flu in the Houston community,” says Kathy Barton, with Houston’s Department of Health and Human Services. “It’s not what we would call heavy season yet, but it’s still early. It’s important though, to get that flu shot, because the strains that are covered in that vaccine will protect you from those strains if you encounter them in the community.”

Of course, a vaccination is no guarantee, but it will offer some protection.

There are common sense things you can do to strengthen your immunity. They include staying at home if you’re sick, avoid sick people, and cover your mouth and nose when you cough and sneeze.

Barton recommends washing your hands after touching doorknobs to avoid germ exposure and risk of infection.

Complicating things further, doctors at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, have found a flu strain circulating that is not included in the vaccine.

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