Over 7,000 cases of the flu have been reported according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

“Annually costs us up to 50, 000 deaths of complications of the flu,” said Director of Health Santos Navarrette.

The flu season is off to a rocky start.

The CDC reports double the number of cases than this time last year.

Navarrette said it’s not too late to get a flu shot.

“December, January, and February are high flu months so it’s time at this point to go and get your flu vaccine,” said Navarrette.

How does Taylor County compare to those high numbers?

So far, he said the numbers are average for the area, and 150 cases have been reported.

“We might see an uptick in the flu as we go into late December, early January and February,” said Navarrette.

It’s still important to do what you can to prevent getting the illness, and spreading germs.

“Some of the other preventative measures besides getting the flu vaccine is wash your hands frequently, cover your cough or your sneeze and just make sure you stay home if you’ve got flu like symptoms,” said Navarrette.