Contact:Al Roy, Public Information Officer, 817-321-5313, cell: 817-422-3828
Flu on the rise
(Tarrant County, Texas) . Tarrant County Public Health is reporting a rise in the number of influenza-like illnesses in Tarrant County. "We are seeing reports of increased flu activity locally," said Dr. Lou Brewer, director of Tarrant County Public Health.
Key indicators of flu, according to Brewer, are increased numbers of people visiting their doctor with influenza-like symptoms of a fever above or equal to 100 degrees F, accompanied by a cough or a sore throat. "And with colder weather in the forecast," she said, "it is likely that flu-like illnesses will spread more easily."
Brewer said practicing good hygiene helps keep such illnesses from spreading. "Proper hand washing will help keep germs from spreading. Also, cover your coughs and your sneezes, stay home if you're sick and avoid close contact with anyone who is sick," she said. "The best protection is to get a flu shot right away, before the peak of the flu season hits. "According to Brewer, it takes about two weeks for the flu vaccine to take full effect.
Fortunately, people can get flu shots at many local pharmacies as well as at public health centers in Tarrant County. "It doesn't matter where you get your flu shot," said Brewer, "as long as you get one."
The flu vaccine is currently available for $20 at these Tarrant County Public Health Centers:
Arlington Public Health Center
536 W. Randol Mill Road, Arlington, TX 76011
Bagsby-Williams Public Health Center
3212 Miller Avenue, Fort Worth, TX 76119
Northwest Public Health Center
3800 Adam Grubb Road, Lake Worth, TX 76135
Southwest Public Health Center
6551 Granbury Road, Fort Worth, TX 76133
Watauga Public Health Center
6601 Watauga Road, Suite 122, Watauga, TX 76148
Medicaid and Medicare Part B are accepted.
For more information, call 817-321-4700 or visit the Give Flu the Boot! web page.
County Telephone Operator 817-884-1111
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