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Brazoria County Health Department wants you to protect yourself from flu

Post Date:01/12/2018 7:54 p.m.

The State of Texas and Brazoria County are experiencing higher flu rates when compared to the 2016 - 2017 Flu Season and in Brazoria County, there have been 1,325 flu cases so far for the 2017 - 2018 season which began on October 1, 2017. The prevalent strain nationwide is labeled H3N2, which is a subtype of flu A. H3N2 is associated with a more severe flu season, more hospitalizations and more deaths. To combat the flu, 151 million doses of vaccine have been distributed nationwide. Get the flu vaccine if you have not done so already.

Recommended preventive measures include:

  • covering your mouth when coughing
  • performing frequent hand hygiene
  • limiting your exposure to ill people
  • staying home if you are ill
  • getting the flu vaccine

The highest groups that are experiencing illness are adults older than 65, followed by baby boomers 50-64 years old and then children younger than 5. It is recommended that antivirals, such as Tamiflu, be given as soon as possible after symptom onset. This applies especially to high risk patients: pregnant women, older adults, children under five, Diabetes Mellitus patients, and persons with asthma. For more information, visit

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