State Health Officials Say Flu Widespread

Health Department reports first flu-related death of the season in El Paso

Officials say increased flu activity began earlier than usual this season and they expect it to continue for several months.

Maurer says the best ways to prevent the spread of the virus is to get a flu shot and wash your hands.

DPHHS says cases of the flu are slightly higher then they were at this time in 2016.

Stay home when you are sick.

Brown said Thursday that Sandusky County has reported four flu-related hospitalizations in December, and nine since the beginning of September.

Burton said for people age 65 and older, there is a high-dose vaccine.

The adult flu vaccine is available at the Dallas County immunization clinic located at 2377 N. Stemmons Fwy and the children's vaccine is available at all Dallas County Health and Human Services immunization clinics.

Schneeman said one population in particular should consider getting a flu shot.

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention recommends a yearly flu vaccine for all persons aged 6 months and older, with rare exception.

"Even if it's not the exact match, it still resembles the flu virus and it will help launch a defense against it", said Isabel Valdez, a physician's assistant at Baylor College of Medicine. "If you have guests, limit contact". Use a tissue to cover your mouth and nose when you cough or sneeze.

Clean and disinfect surfaces and objects that may be contaminated with germs like the flu.

Flu symptoms often include fever, cough, sore throat, headache, chills and muscle aches, and thousands of people die each year because of the flu, mostly among elderly people, according to the press release. It takes about 2 weeks after the administration of the vaccine for the recipient to develop protection from the flu.

Eat well and drink lots of fluids, such as water, soup and caffeine-free drinks.

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