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Number of flu cases high in Central Texas; shots still option for defense


Central Texas doctors continue seeing higher-than-usual numbers of flu patients.

The uptick, reported last month by the American-Statesman, is also happening across the state, with at least nine schools closed because of flu concerns, according to the San Antonio Express-News.

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None was in the Austin area.

Dell Children’s Medical Center officials say the facility is experiencing an unusually high volume of more than 300 patients per day. No flu deaths have been reported in Texas.

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Various health officials are encouraging people to get a flu shot. With flu season possibly lasting well into spring, a shot could still help, they say.

The shot is often covered by insurance, and if not, costs typically run from $20 to $40. The  Williamson County and Cities Health District is offering free shots at five of its clinics.


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