Does everyone around seem sick?
Flu season has arrived, and with a vengeance. According to the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, flu season normally peaks in January and February.
The 2012-2013 flu season hit relatively early compared to past years, and it could get worse. CDC officials say there is plenty of influenza vaccine still available for those who have not been vaccinated.
Emergency rooms at East Texas Medical Center in Athens and Gun Barrel City are seeing their fair share of patients — not merely from the flu, alone, but also for upper respiratory infections including COPD, congestive heart failure and pneumonia.
Mary Pruitt, a registered nurse who is the Infectious Disease Preventionist at ETMC Athens, said, “People need to get a flu shot. It’s still not too late. Also if you have flu symptoms, stay home. The flu is a droplet virus and will die within 24 hours.”
The flu can be worse in children under six and the elderly over 65.
Pruitt said people may not have symptoms for two days before they actually get the flu. “It’s important that you wash your hands using sanitizer and keep your hands away from your face,” Pruitt said.
Gibson’s Pharmacy owner and pharmacist Bruce Kocian said flu vaccine is about 85 percent effective and encouraged people to get the shot.
Disciples Clinic, a low-cost health care clinic in Athens, started vaccinations against the flu early and has not seen many cases. The clinic’s medical director, Dr. Gary Williamson, said doctors there have administered many flu shots in an effort to be proactive.
Superstitions about the vaccine, he said, are just that.
“It’s important people know the vaccine does not make you sick,” Williamson said. “That is just a myth. The modern-day vaccine cannot make you sick.”
Williams said the clinic charges $10 to its patients for flu shots.
Pharmacies in Athens and the Cedar Creek Lake area appear to have a plentiful supply of flu vaccine available.
Flu season hits area hard, but getting vaccine can still help
Does everyone around seem sick?
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Breakfast with Santa coming to Seven Points
Best Friends of The Library at Cedar Creek Lake will host the 13th annual Breakfast With Santa, Saturday, Dec. 14, at the library, 410 E. Cedar Creek Parkway in Seven Points.
Christmas in GBC this weekend
Christmas will be coming to Gun Barrel City this weekend.
The City's Annual Christmas Parade will be held on Saturday, Dec. 7. The theme this year is “Remember Me.”
Gun Barrel City Street Superintendent Mike Horton said, “The ‘Remember Me’ theme is because the date is the anniversary of Pearl Harbor.”
Cox head librarian
Rachel Cox, the 2002 Eustace High School Salutatorian, was named head librarian at the Henderson County Clint W. Murchison Memorial Library Tuesday.
Cox was one of six applicants for the position, and was presented to the Henderson County Commissioner's Court as the Library Advisory Board's nominee for the position.
Preparing for the big day
City of Athens Parks Department employees Dean Burkhalter, left, and Coy Seay construct a Christmas tree on the north side of the Courthouse Square in preparation for the Christmas parade Dec. 7, and other events associated with Christmas.
Making it better for children in foster care
It’s the most wonderful time of the year. But for some children from Henderson County, it can be the most difficult time of the year.
Children that have been placed in foster care due to allegations of abuse and neglect often struggle for a sense of normalcy around Christmas time.
You can help.
Ministers conference, rally coming
A ministers conference and rally will be held at Living for the Brand Cowboy Church in Athens.
Both events will be hosted by the Rev. Rick Scarborough with Vision America and Rafael Cruz, the father of Sen. Ted Cruz. Both will take place this Saturday at Living for the Brand Cowboy Church.
Scarborough is nationally-known for his mission to inform, encourage and mobilize pastors and their congregations to be proactive in restoring Judeo-Christian values to the moral and civic framework in their communities, states and the nation.
Honor memories of friends and loved ones
The Hospice of East Texas Light Up A Life Ceremonies to honor the memory of a friend or loved one will be held in 11 different locations throughout East Texas.
The celebration for Athens and Henderson County will be on Friday, Dec. 6 at 6 p.m. at the First United Methodist Church in Athens.
North Pole at FBC
Visit the North Pole at First Baptist Church, Athens on Sunday, Dec. 8, for a fun-filled free evening. It will be a magical night for the entire family from 5:28 p.m. to 8:08 p.m.
Dorothy Grymonprez, Church Office Manager, said, “We set the time at 5:28 (p.m.) hoping people would remember the unusual time.”
New records set at Turkey Trot at Cain Center
The 16th annual Turkey Trot held on Thanksgiving Day, Nov. 28, set new records for the Cain Center.
Trotters enjoyed beautiful sunny weather for the 5K and one-mile fun run and walk.
Cain Center logged almost 450 registered participants and pets beating its previous record by nearly 100 participants.
The Trinity Valley Community College Christmas tree is now aglow after the fifth-annual Tree-Lighting Ceremony was held Monday night on campus at McDonald Plaza. The festive ceremony was marked by plenty of Christmas music, including a sing-along, and a visit from Santa – who posed for pictures with many of the children on hand.
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