Renae Crutchfield, Public Information Officer
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Dallas County Judge Clay Lewis Jenkins
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Dallas County Judge Urges Flu Precaution
DALLAS (Jan. 8, 2018) – Dallas County Health and Human Services (DCHHS) is reporting that influenza activity has been sharply increasing nationally and locally.
“As flu season escalates it’s important that all individuals take precautions to prevent and reduce the severity of the flu,” said Judge Clay Jenkins. “Prevention is truly the best medicine and it’s not too late to get your flu shot. If you have flu-like symptoms, please help protect yourself and others by staying home from work or school and calling your doctor as soon as possible to discuss anti-viral medication.”
“There have been 11 flu-related deaths so far this season in Dallas County,” said Dr. Christopher Perkins, Dallas County health authority/medical director. “Older adults, individuals with chronic health conditions, pregnant women, young children and infants are more vulnerable to flu illness. With influenza activity on the rise, individuals in these groups should take special precaution as we continue throughout the season.”
The Centers for Disease Control (CDC) recommends the following:
- Annual flu vaccination for everyone 6 months and older. Getting vaccinated also protects people around you, including those who are more vulnerable to serious flu illness, like babies and young children, older people, and people with certain chronic health conditions.
- All severely ill and high-risk patients with underlying health conditions like asthma or diabetes who are suspected or confirmed influenza cases should be treated with antivirals. (High risk includes: children under 5, adults over 65, people with immunosuppression, persons with underlying conditions, women who are pregnant or postpartum, people with extreme obesity, residents of nursing homes or other chronic care facilities, people younger than 19 who are receiving long term aspirin therapy, American Indians/Alaskan Natives)
- Clinical benefit is greatest when antiviral treatment is administered as early as possible after illness onset.
- Cover your cough with a tissue or cough into your sleeve.
- Wash your hands and keep your hands away from your face.
- Avoid close contact with people who are coughing or appear ill.
- Stay home if you are sick or keep family members home if they are sick.