Flu cases have recently spiked in Texas. According to the Texas Department of State Health Services, during the week of January 7-13, almost 40% of influenza tests conducted in hospital labs came back positive. With those numbers in mind, Collin County Health Care Services urges residents to take precautions against the flu. In addition to vaccinations, doctors recommend the following:
- Wash your hands! This is the number-one way to avoid the flu.
- Avoid close contact with those who are sick.
- Stay at home when you are sick to avoid spreading infection to others.
- Cover mouth and nose when coughing or sneezing. Use a tissue if possible; otherwise, cough/sneeze into your elbow to avoid contaminating your hands.
- Avoid touching your eyes, nose and mouth.
Vaccinations are available to anyone over six months old at Collin County Health Care Services. Many qualify for free or discounted vaccines. Pharmacies and doctor's offices offer flu shots as well, with many insurance plans covering the cost.