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Flu has already killed hundreds in Central Texas

So far this flu season, there have been 207 flu-related deaths in the Central Texas region, with the season starting only September 30th, according to the Texas Department of State Health Services. (Photo: Pxhere / MGN Online)

So far this flu season, there have been 207 flu-related deaths in the Central Texas region, with the season starting only September 30th, according to the Texas Department of State Health Services.

Texas DSHS lumps Austin and its surrounding counties with Waco, Temple, and College Station in this region.

Officials with the agency say we're only in the beginning of flu season, with the peak likely coming up in the near future.

"We're hopeful a lot of people got their flu shot and that will lessen the numbers, but still, every year thousands of people die of flu-related deaths in Texas," said Lara Anton.

According to the CDC, this flu season is less severe nationwide than it was this time last year. All of last year, there were nearly 1,500 flu-related deaths in Central Texas. Experts attribute this in part to the flu shot vaccine not being effective on a specific strain.

That has not been an issue this year, but health experts urge you to get a flu shot anyway.

"Every flu season is different, and it really depends on if people got vaccinated. It's not too late to get vaccinated. We recommend people get vaccinated to prevent getting the flu," Anton said.

Austinites say they remember how bad things got last year.

"A few people at work called out sick for a week or so," said Jason Kohl.

That's why they already got their flu shots, so they don't have to stay home getting over an illness.

"It's not hard. It's really not. It's a couple of minutes, ten or 15 bucks, so it's an easy way to avoid what could be a much worse outcome," Kohl said.

Children under five and adults over 65 are most at risk of getting the flu.

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