Flu Surveillance – March 20, 2015
DSHS’s latest flu surveillance report classifies the geographic distribution of flu activity in Texas as “regional,” indicating influenza outbreaks or elevated influenza-like-illness in multiple regions of the state. Additionally, the intensity of influenza-like illness, measuring the proportion of doctor visits prompted by flu-like illness, is currently classified as “moderate.”
DSHS tracks the number of pediatric deaths due to the influenza. This season, 13 Texas children have died from the flu.
DSHS urges everyone six months old and older to get vaccinated against the flu. It is particularly important for pregnant women, young children, older adults and people with chronic health conditions, because people in those groups are at a greater risk of severe complications if they do get the flu.
Latest Available DSHS Weekly Flu Surveillance Report
Historical DSHS Flu Surveillance Reports