The commissioner of the Texas Department of State Health Services (TDSHS) is urging students and parents to continue to take precautions to reduce the risk of spreading the H1N1 flu, despite the ending of the school year.
The city passed along the health department’s advise in a release this week.
So far, there have been 1,041 H1N1 flu cases in 65 of Texas’s 254 counties, according to TDSHS.
“The virus continues to circulate,” said TDSHS Commissioner David Lakey, M.D. “We need to continue to take those personal steps to keep from getting, or spreading, H1N1 flu.”
Symptoms of H1N1 flu usually include high fever with a cough, sore throat or both. Some with H1N1 flu also have reported extreme tiredness, nausea, vomiting and diarrhea.
According to Lakey, people should:
“We’re dealing with a newly discovered form of the flu virus,” Lakey said. “There is little to no natural immunity among the population and at this point we have no H1N1 vaccine to protect us. That makes following the personal precautions extremely important.”
Lakey also said that staff in child care centers, which will take in additional children during the summer, should make sure children follow all precautions to reduce the risk of spreading the flu.Email | Print