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H1N1 flu strain incidents cause concern

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TYLER (KYTX) - H1N1 is responsible for another death in east Texas. Tuesday and again Friday someone with the virus died at Good Shepherd Medical Center in Longview. 

CBS 19's Katiera Winfrey found out, most flu cases this year appear to be the H1N1 strain, and the death rate is growing.

East Texan Jerry Easter is taking a precaution. "I went and got my flu show this morning."

He had been holding out getting the shot. "I know I had to go get mine, I had to get this down, I didn't want to be a victim."

This year's flu shot protects against several strains including H1N1. Dr. Jonathan MacClements with the Smith County Health Authority says each year some strains emerge stronger than others. 

"It's always hard to predict how bad that particular strain will be  until it actually occurs," he said.

This year the CDC and the Texas Department of State Health Services have noticed a large number of flu cases in the state are H1N1.

In fact, of the 13-hundred cases recently reported in the Houston area -- 87 percent were H1N1.

In the last week, the CDC has categorized influenza cases as high in four states including Texas.

Each year about 36,000 to 40,000 people die from your typical flu virus. Doctors say, so you're not one of those statistics just go ahead and take the shot.

The flu vaccination's job is to launch your immune response in the event that you are exposed to the virus. Dr. MacClemets says that way if you do come across the virus your body will already have the built up antibodies.

The primary symptoms people will see with the flu of any type are extreme head ache, muscle pains, and the typical cold symptoms of a runny nose and sneezing.  
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