DCHHS Offers Suggestions for Fighting the Flu
Dallas County Health and Human Services is offering free flu shots while their remaining supply lasts. In addition to the free flu shots, DCHHS wants to raise public awareness about what individuals can do to reduce the spread of the flu. During cold and flu season, DCHHS advises citizens to stay home when you are sick and keep children home when they are sick; avoid close contact with those who are sick; cover your mouth and nose with your sleeve when you cough and sneeze; wash your hands frequently with soap and water or an alcoholbased hand sanitizer.
"Dallas County is sounding the alert that flu season is here, and we are asking everyone to protect themselves and their loved ones by getting a flu shot and public health safety measures to slow the spread of the flu," said Zachary Thompson, DCHHS Director.
According to the CDC it is especially important for persons at risk of serious complications from influenza and persons who anticipate traveling out of the country be vaccinated The high risk group includes people aged 50 years and older, anyone with chronic health conditions such as asthma, heart disease, diabetes or HIV/AIDS, pregnant women, healthcare personnel who provide direct patient care, household contacts and outofhome caregivers of children, and all children aged 6 to 59 months.
Flu symptoms can be mild or severe