Every year, thousands of people are hospitalized with the flu. Center for Disease Control and Prevention’s early estimates indicate that more than 900,000 people were hospitalized and more than 80,000 people died from flu during the 2017-2018 flu season. Flu season typically runs from October through mid-May, peaking in February. The first and most important way to prevent the flu is to get vaccinated every year. Maximum protection occurs about two weeks after receiving the shot.
While it’s possible to still get sick with the flu after vaccination, the severity of the flu is significantly reduced and there are fewer complications than those who are unvaccinated. Getting vaccinated also helps protect people around you, including those who are more vulnerable to serious flu illness, like babies and young children, older people and people with certain chronic health conditions.
These other tips are also recommended to protect yourself and others from the flu:
Avoid close contact with people who are sick.
Stay home from work, school and errands when you are sick.
Cover your mouth with a tissue when coughing or sneezing.
Wash your hands often with soap and water.
Avoid touching your eyes, nose or mouth.
Clean and disinfect commonly touched surfaces, especially when someone is ill.
The latest information on influenza in Tarrant County is available at the top of this page, with the most recent report available as well as previous influenza reports.
On this page you will find seasonal flu resources and a toolkit that we hope you find useful.
We are relying on your support to help FIGHT THE FLU! in Tarrant County and beyond. We welcome your feedback.
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