(Guardian Liberty Voice) Influenza season is in full force all across the country, but so far Texas seems to be the hardest hit. The influenza strain H1N1 has already left six dead and at least 14 in critical condition in the greater Houston area alone. Influenza is also suspected in a number of other deaths in the region.

The state of Texas Public Health Association has issued a plea for everyone over the age of six months to get the influenza vaccine as soon as possible along with an influenza health alert. The vaccine can take at least two weeks to become fully effective so officials are hoping for swift action to prevent the epidemic from getting worse. This year’s influenza vaccine protects against H1N1 in addition to other strains of influenza.

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