With Flu Cases on the Rise, DCHHS Offers Free Flu Shots

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Flu Season is in full swing in North Texas. While, influenza is not a reportable condition, Dallas County Health and Human Services (DCHHS) has developed a seasonal influenza surveillance program to monitor the transmission, severity, and progression of the seasonal outbreak of influenza in the county. This also allows DCHHS to track the effectiveness of the seasonal influenza vaccine. All of the indicators show definite increase in flu and flulike symptoms across the Metroplex.

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Dallas County Health and Human Services continues to offer free flu shots while their remaining supply lasts. In addition to the free flu shots, DCHHS requests the public's help in reducuing 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.

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

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