State Health Officials Say Flu Widespread

22 December, 2017, 01:24 | Author: Inez Murphy
  • Health Department reports first flu-related death of the season in El Paso

Flu cases in McLennan County have spiked recently, with more than 1,000 cases of the flu and flu-like illnesses reported by healthcare providers and schools last week, according to the Waco-McLennan County Health District.

Burton checks reported flu cases in Kerr, Gillespie, Kendall and Bexar counties.

The traditional flu season lasts from October through May.

Fayette, Jefferson and Pike counties had the highest numbers of flu cases in the state.

The Department of Public Health and El Paso Fire Department held a vaccine clinic on Wednesday, Feb. 15 at the EPFD's Safety and Health Outreach Center, 5415 Trowbridge Drive.

Peterson Health officials said if a person feels afraid of getting the flu shot itself, they should try to get past that and get the vaccine.

Wash your hands often with soap and water. Also, experts suggest getting the flu shot.

The vaccine is safe and effective. Children should be taught to cover their coughs and stay home when sick, so as not to share their germs.

The ODH recommends everyone age 6 months and older get a flu shot to best protect themselves from the influenza virus.

Government officials contend the viruses in flu shots are killed during the production of a vaccine, which means they can not cause infection.

Brzezny said people with asthma, diabetes, chronic lung disease, heart disease, and people over 65 are among those who are at higher risk.

The flu can be especially risky for young children, pregnant women, people 65 or older and those who have underlying health conditions like asthma or chronic diseases.

If 10 tips are too many, Grant said to keep it simple with the "three C's."

While you can't predict how the flu season will go, Thompson said so far this season is looking to be pretty serious.

Symptoms of influenza can include a fever of more than 38 C (100.4 F), dry cough, chills, headache, muscle ache, loss of appetite, sore throat and runny nose, and in younger children, nausea and vomiting.

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