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Dallas County seeing increase in flu cases due to lack of people getting vaccinated

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The flu is beginning to spread in Texas, but the Dallas County Health Department says the demand for flu vaccines is still low.

Dallas County is seeing a 10 percent increase in flu cases because people aren't getting vaccinated.

The Dallas County Health Director says he's surprised, because there are still thousands of free flu shots to give out, and people aren't taking them. He's uneasy heading into the peak of flu season, which is January and February.

Last season, the deaths of two children led to a rush to get the vaccine and long lines.

"People started coming in, they wanted to get the flu vaccine... at that point in January, we had a low supply of flu vaccine," said Zach Thompson, the health director.

It was so bad last year, Doughtery's Pharmacy in Dallas was handing out ticket numbers because there was such high demand.

This year, there haven't been any deaths in our region, and Thompson says that's probably why people are simply not concerned.

But according to the Center for Disease Control, Texas is already seeing more flu cases than last year at this time, and most other states are not seeing such a spike.

"That's amazing," said Thompson. "We've got 3,000 doses left, and it's been free. I would have thought it would be gone right now."

For those who are coming in to get vaccinated, since there are no crowds right now, they're getting in and out quickly and are usually vaccinated in less than 15 minutes.

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