Flu season arrives on the South Plains - KCBD NewsChannel 11 Lubbock

Flu season arrives on the South Plains

LUBBOCK, TX (KCBD) -

Doctors say flu season hits hardest between December and March, and Lubbock clinics already have their hands full with people suffering from flu like symptoms.

Eric Finley with UMC said one Lubbock clinic treated more than 100 patients with flu symptoms in just five hours on Jan. 1.

Beckie Brawley with the City of Lubbock Health Department recommends getting your flu shot as soon as possible because it could take 1-2 weeks to have a full effect.

"The important part for people to remember is that it is not too late to get a flu shot," Brawley said. "It takes you a couple of weeks to make those antibodies and in the interim, while you're waiting to make those antibodies."

While you're waiting those few days, doctors offer some simple tips to avoid catching the flu.

  • Wash hands often
  • Avoid drinking after others
  • Drink plenty of water

And if you already have the flu, professionals recommend staying at home to prevent passing it

  • Don't sneeze or cough into your hand, use your sleeve
  • Take off work/school and stay at home

Vaccinations are available at the City of Lubbock Health Department at 806 18th street, on the corner of Crickets and 18th Street downtown.

You can call (806) 775-2933 for more information.

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