- DSHS urges everyone six months old and older to get vaccinated against the flu. It is particularly important for pregnant women, young children, older adults and people with chronic health conditions, because people in those groups are at a greater risk of severe complications if they do get the flu.
- Flu vaccine is available now, and DSHS encourages people not to wait to protect themselves and their family by getting vaccinated as soon as possible.
Flu in TexasDSHS is preparing for the 2015-2016 flu season, which officially begins Oct. 4, however there is always some flu circulating, so the agency monitors flu activity on a limited basis throughout the summer. Abbreviated surveillance reports can be found at the link below. Full flu surveillance activity will resume in October.
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.