• Visit the Texas Department of Health and Human Services website Texas Flu and Centers for Disease Control and Prevention website CDC Influenza/Flu for updated information.
     
    FAQs: (the following information was taken from Texas Department of State Health Services Vaccines pamphlet)
     
    What is the flu?   
      Influenza (flu) is a contagious respiratory illness caused by the influenza virus.  The virus attacks the nose, throat, and lungs.  It is not the "stomach flu".  The flu can be prevented by vaccination.
     
    What are the symptoms of the flu?
      Symptoms of the flu include fever, headache, extreme tiredness, dry cough, sore throat, runny or stuffy nose, and muscle aches.  Children can have additional symptoms such as nausea, vomiting, and diarrhea.
     
    How is the flu spread?
       The flu is spread when an infected person who has the flu coughs or sneezes and sends the flu virus into the air.  The virus enters the nose, throat, or lungs of a person and multiplies.  Flu also spreads (though less likely) when a person touches the surface of an object that has flu viruses on it.  The virus then enters the body when the person rubs his or her nose.
     
    Is the flu dangerous?
       Children less than 2 years old - even healthy children - are at high risk of ending up in the hospital if they get the flu.  Vaccinating young children, their families and other caregivers can help protect them from getting sick.  Children may get sinus problems and ear infections as complications from the flu.  
     
    When is the best time to get vaccinated?
       October or November is the best time to get vaccinated but getting vaccinated in December or even later can still be beneficial because influenza activity typically occurs in January or later.
     
Last Modified on March 8, 2017