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Don't Let Flu Travel With You

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Tarrant County Public Health urges people who have not gotten a flu shot to get one now, especially before traveling or gathering with friends and family during the holiday season.

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"Flu season is here, and a flu shot is the best protection," said Lou Brewer, Director of Tarrant County Public Health. "Travelers should get their shot for their own protection and to reduce the potential spread of the illness."

Maximum protection occurs in about two weeks after the shot. People receiving flu shots in mid-December should have adequate protection by the time the height of the flu season hits in January and February.

Each year, the flu kills about 36,000 people in the United States and causes more than 200,000 hospitalizations. Symptoms of the flu - which usually come on suddenly - include fever, cough, sore throat, nasal congestion, headache, body aches and extreme fatigue. Flu shots are recommended for people ages 6 months and older whether they will be traveling or not.