- Texas First Lady Anita Perry and Texas Health and Human Services Executive Commissioner Kyle Janek, M.D., remind Texans that it’s not too late to get a flu shot.
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- Vaccine. The 2013-14 seasonal flu vaccine is available. People need to get vaccinated each year because the vaccine is made to match the types of flu expected to circulate that year and because protection decreases over time.
- Who? Everyone 6 months and older should get vaccinated now. Children ages 6 months to 8 years who did not get a dose of last year’s vaccine should get two doses this year.
- Flu Season. Officially, flu season runs from October through May. Though most flu illnesses in Texas usually occur in December, January and February, flu is unpredictable and can happen at any time. People should get vaccinated now so that they’re protected for this flu season.
Flu in TexasDSHS’s latest flu surveillance classifies the geographic distribution of flu activity in Texas as “regional,” indicating increased influenza-like illness or institutional outbreaks in at least two but fewer than half of the state’s regions as well as recent laboratory-confirmed evidence of influenza in those regions.
The intensity of influenza-like illness, measuring the proportion of doctor visits prompted by flu-like illness, is currently classified as “elevated.”
Flu season is here. Here’s what you can do.
TexasFlu.org is the DSHS site for flu information in Texas. Bookmark it. Dial 2-1-1 for flu information and vaccination locations or use the Vaccine Locator to find out about vaccine availability in your area.
Get a flu vaccination now. It’s the best way to protect yourself and others.
STOP THE SPREAD
Wash your hands frequently with soap and water or use hand sanitizer. Cover your coughs and sneezes. Stay home if you’re sick. Have a plan to care for sick family members at home.