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May 28th, 2009
Health commissioner urges continued caution with flu

STAFF REPORT

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:

  • Stay home if influenza-like symptoms, or other symptoms of respiratory illness, are present.
  • Cough or sneeze into the crook of the elbow, or into a tissue that is properly disposed.
  • Wash hands frequently with soap and warm water, or use an alcohol-based hand sanitizer.
  • Avoid touching the eyes, nose or mouth, to reduce the risk that germs on the fingers enter the body.

“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.

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0 thoughts on “Health commissioner urges continued caution with flu

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