As the summer comes to an end, the dangers of the West Nile Virus continue.  But Texans need to also protect themselves from a recent out break of whooping cough and get prepared for the flu season.

There is no vaccine for the West Nile Virus, but there are different precautions you can take to protect yourself.  This year the cases have been worse than ever before, so officials are asking you to wear bug spray that contains deetClick here for more tips.

But this year, we are seeing another epidemic spreading quickly.  Pertussis, also known as whooping cough, has been spreading fast across Texas.  So far the state has seen almost 900 cases of pertussis. That is more cases in one year than the state has seen in half a century.

But the difference between the West Nile and pertussis, is that there is a vaccine to prevent it.  We have the ability to stop it before it gets even worse.

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention are also warning against the flu.  Although flu season hasn't come, the CDC is anticipating a that flu season will hit earlier this year and that it will be a lot worse.

This too can be prevented.  A flu shot cost between $20 and $30.  This is a great deal compared to the money you would spend if you were sick.

So the message here is to vaccinate, vaccinate, vaccinate.  Make sure you are protected so that you don't get sick.  Protect yourself and your family from west nile, whooping cough, and the flu.

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