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Nasty flu season increases shot demand

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The Centers for Disease Control says this is one of the worst flu seasons in several years. Some North Texas clinics say the number of patients is up as much as 30 percent.

In the last week of December, the flu had already hit 41 states. Flu-related child and infant deaths climbed to 18. And in North Texas a 17-year-old boy from Flower Mound died of the flu.

The Dallas Health Department said there's so much demand for flu shots that the vaccine may be in short supply at some clinics, but there's no shortage for those that want to restock. The health department has already ordered 1,000 more doses of the vaccine to meet the demand.

It's not too late to get the shot, health officials said. But if you're already sick, stay home and get well. Parents should also keep sick children home from school or day care.

"The flu is a bad thing so best to catch it early and make sure you don't pass it to others," said Christopher Henderson, a patient.


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