ABILENE, Texas -

While parts of the country are at an epidemic level, the number of flu cases in emergency rooms continues to be high in Abilene.

As of Tuesday, at Hendrick Medical Center , there have been 96 cases of flu confirmed since January 1, 2013.

At Abilene Regional Medical Center doctors have confirmed 81 cases since December 1, 2012.

Doctors encourage patients to see their private physician as their first option, but patients are still advised to go to the emergency room if they feel their health situation is truly emergency.