Flu Surveillance

LIBERTY, February 24, 2014 - DSHS’s latest flu surveillance, for the week ending March 1, classifies the geographic distribution of flu activity in Texas as “regional,” indicating influenza-like illness or institutional outbreaks in at least two but less than half the regions of the state with recent laboratory evidence of influenza in those regions. Influenza laboratory data and influenza-like illness indicators have demonstrated a consistent decrease for the last several weeks; however, ILI intensity is still elevated throughout Texas.

Texas has confirmed 11 pediatric flu deaths this season.

DSHS encourages everyone six months old and older to get a dose of flu vaccine. The vaccine changes each year to protect against the strains of flu researchers expect to be circulating, so people need to be vaccinated for each flu season.

 


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