January 8, 2018
High Influenza Activity
The Texas Department of State Health Services advises that influenza activity has increased over recent weeks and is currently widespread across all regions in Texas. Influenza A, specifically the H3N2 subtype, is predominant this season. The CDC reports that the rumor of lessened vaccine effectiveness is based on results from Australia so it is incorrect in the United States at this time.
- Visit your health care provider within 24 to 48 hours of first experiencing symptoms
- Sore throat
- Runny/stuffy nose
- Muscle or body aches
- Fatigue (tiredness)
- Possible vomiting and diarrhea, especially in children
- Stay home if experiencing symptoms of flu until fever-free for 24 hours without the use of fever-reducing medications.
- Cover coughs and sneezes with a tissue or your elbow or sleeve.
- Wash hands frequently for at least 20 seconds with soap and water or, if unavailable, use an alcohol based hand sanitizer that contains at least 60% alcohol.
- Avoid touching your eyes, nose, and mouth.
- Avoid close contact with anyone who is ill.