Flu resources and tips



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Posted on January 10, 2014 at 4:56 PM

Updated Friday, Jan 10 at 4:56 PM

The winter flu season is in full swing, and Texas is one of the hardest hit states in the country.

Dial 2-1-1 to receive over-the-phone medical guidance about what they should do if they or a family member have flu symptoms.

The Health and Human Services Department recommends these everyday measures to keep yourself and those around you healthy: 

  • Cover your coughs and sneezes with the crook of your elbow, not your hands. If you use tissues, throw them away immediately and wash your hands.
  • Wash hands often with soap and warm water for at least 10-20 seconds. Make sure to cover all surfaces of the hands, fingers and knuckles. Rub fingertips into palms while washing to clean under the nails. Use alcohol-based hand sanitizers if hand washing facilities are not available.
  • Clean "high-touch" areas such as door knobs, elevator buttons and keyboards often.

WebMD lists the following symptoms as indicative of flu. If you are suffering from these symptoms, go to the doctor immediately.

  • Fever (usually high)
  • Severe aches and pains in joints and muscles around the eyes
  • Generalized weakness
  • Ill appearance with warm, flushed skin and red, watery eyes
  • Headache
  • Dry cough
  • Sore throat
  • Watery discharge from nose

Useful links: 
Austin/Travis County Health and Human Services Department immunizations information
Travis County flu surveillance
Texas Flu Vaccine Locator
Texas flu surveillance
Texas Department of State Health Services
Flu planning and preparedness
Center for Disease Control flu facts
Center for Disease Control 2013-2014 flu season information
Center for Disease Control flu activity and surveillance
U.S. Department of Health and Human Services flu pandemic plan