"Number 45!," belted Becky Brawley. At the Lubbock Health Department the waiting room was packed like a deli at noon. "We're very, very busy," said Brawley, Public Health Coordinator for the City of Lubbock Health Department. All week long she's been trying to keep up with this season's early arrival of influenza. "We've seen an average of 85 people a day, most days we see over 200,' she said.
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"Ohh!," yelped Carolyn Jordan, getting stuck with the vaccine. "I work at a school, I work at Bean Elementary.," she said. Schools are typically known as a hotbed for the flu. "And that's why you're here?," she was asked. "Yes," she responded.
Over at Texas Tech, immunization clinics have been set up in dorm halls. "Since September we've had 132 diagnosed cases of the flu," said Dr. Arnulfo Gonzalez. A steady stream of sickness, keeping doctors busy. "Each physician has seen three or four more patients a day due to all the flu," he said.
Despite the early arrival of the flu, you can still get the vaccine, although it takes the body approximately two weeks to produce all the needed antibodies to protect you. Nevertheless, the slight sting of a needle far outweighs the aches and pains of the flu.