Texas Flu Activity ‘Very High’ – NBC 5 Dallas-Fort Worth
Health professionals in Texas continue to monitor flu cases as the active flu season continues.
“The flu is the big story here,” Tarrant County Public Health Director Vinny Taneja said this week.
At a briefing before Tarrant County commissioners on Tuesday, Taneja presented a map showing flu activity across the country. Flu activity is currently “very high” in Texas, according to the map.
“I don’t think I’ve seen that on our flu map in a long time,” Taneja said.
According to the Texas Department of State Health Services, Flu tracking shows that flu season in Texas started several weeks earlier than usual this year. As the holidays approach, state health officials are encouraging Texans to come vaccinated to protect themselves and their families from the flu.
Heather Vlassis is the pharmacy manager at Perrone Pharmacy in Fort Worth and says while the flu shot doesn’t guarantee immunity, it can help if you’ve been exposed.
“Even if it’s a different strain, then one of the ones on the quadrivalent vaccine … you can still get the flu, it probably won’t be as bad,” Vlassis said.
Vlassis said that so far this flu season, Perrone Pharmacy has given out about 700 flu shots at their stores and vaccine clinics.
“We’re doing a lot of shots this year, probably more than usual. However, we also see a lot of flu. In a way, we get both sides,” she explained. “It is much easier and faster to get a flu shot at a pharmacy. A lot more people are willing to do it because it’s easy. You can go in, you can go out. You don’t have to make an appointment or sit around people who are also there making an appointment because they’re sick.”
Visit vaccines.gov to find locations near you where flu shots and COVID-19 doses are available.
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