POSTED: Monday, December 23, 2013 - 5:47pm
UPDATED: Wednesday, December 25, 2013 - 7:11am
HIDALGO COUNTY, TEXAS (KVEO NEWSCENTER 23) — There are nine confirmed cases of the H1N1 virus in Hidalgo County, according to officials.
Of the nine cases, six are adults.
There have been no fatalities from H1N1, although a person in Houston has died from the virus formerly known as swine flu.
Officials strongly encourage people to cover their mouth when they cough and sneeze, wash your hands frequently and if you haven't already gotten your flu shot, to do so.
"The flu vaccine doesn't mean that you're 100 percent protected, that you will not get H1N1," Hidalgo County Health Department Director Eddie Olivarez said. "It means that if you do get the flu, or H1N1, that you will have lessened symptoms, it will not be as severe, it'll decrease the impact on your immune system in your body significantly if you have the vaccine."
Common symptoms of the H1N1 virus are coughing, sneezing, a sore throat or fever, and body aches.