Flu shot

Officials encourage everyone to get their flu shots each year.

Photo courtesy of Josef Muellek

Denton County Public Health (DCPH) has reported the sixth and seventh influenza-associated deaths in Denton County for the 2017-18 flu season.

The flu continues to be a serious health threat and DCPH recommends proactive steps to protect the health of our communities:

*Get vaccinated.  The best way to protect yourself and your family from the flu is to get an annual flu shot, and the flu vaccination is recommended for everyone 6 months and older.

*Remember that antiviral medications are a second-line defense against the flu. If you are experiencing fever, runny or stuffy nose, sore throat, cough, muscle aches and headaches, visit your doctor immediately, and take antivirals if prescribed. These remedies can help you recover quicker, and can potentially prevent you from being hospitalized with flu complications.

*Take everyday preventive actions to help stop the spread of germs.  Cover your cough and sneeze, avoid people experiencing flu symptoms, stay home when you feel sick and wash your hands often.  These steps will help prevent respiratory viruses, including influenza, respiratory syncytial virus (RSV) and rhinovirus.

Weekly Denton County flu surveillance reports and additional information can be found at DentonCounty.com/flu.  

Visit cdc.gov/flu for details about symptoms, treatment, and prevention, and search vaccinefinder.org to find the vaccine in your neighborhood.

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