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Flu Season Is Now: Virus In SA

You’ve probably seen the signs popping up around town saying “flu shots now available.” The push is on to vaccinate people against a virus that’s proven deadly every year.


Some people consider the flu akin to a bad cold. The Medical Director of the San Antonio Metropolitan Health District says it’s so much more than that. If you don’t fear the illness, Dr. Junda Woo says, fear the consequences.


"It can mean up to five days of lost productivity on the job. It can mean getting your family sick, getting your kids sick," Woo said. "It’s important to get the vaccination."

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This year's flu shot is the same formulation as last year's.


The flu has already reared its head in San Antonio with a few cases showing up. Our peak season is usually January or February.

Boxes of vials are already being opened up and administered around the city. The formulation is the same as last year, protecting against two “A” strains and one “B” strain of influenza.

According to physicians, everyone from six-month-old babies through the elderly can benefit from a flu shot.

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Junda Woo, MD, is medical director of the San Antonio Metropolitan Health District.


"It’s the best thing that we have and if you do get sick afterward you’re going to get a much milder form of the flu. Act now or at least by the end of November," Woo stressed.

Metro Health is holding some clinics, as well as the Texas Medical Association. You can usually get one from your primary care physician and at most pharmacies.

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Signs advertising flu shots are popping up all over San Antonio.



Wendy Rigby is a San Antonio native who has worked as a journalist for more than 25 years. She spent two decades at KENS-TV covering health and medical news. Now, she brings her considerable background, experience and passion to Texas Public Radio.