Flu Vaccine Still Best Bet For Avoiding Illness

The flu has been hitting Texas particularly hard this year.

Many of your co-workers, classmates and friends have probably been locked up in their room surrounded by empty boxes of Kleenex and dry bottles of cough syrup. How can you avoid joining their ranks?

The State Medical Director says the flu vaccine is still your best method of prevention.

Dr. John Hellerstedt says “Vaccination can provide protection against flu as long as flu viruses are spreading and causing illness. Vaccination is especially important for adults over 65, children under 5, pregnant women and people with chronic health conditions because they are at greater risk of developing serious complications from the flu. People can find out where flu shots are available at texas flu dot org or by contacting their health care provider.”

He also recommends frequent hand washing and using hand sanitizer. The Dr. advises you to not touch your eyes, nose and face as that’s how germs spread.

Flu symptoms may include fever, cough, sore throat, runny or stuffy nose, body aches and fatigue. The onset of symptoms is sudden and people should stay home until at least 24 hours after their fever is gone except to get medical care.

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