Health and Welfare Ministry
Influenza "The Flu"
Influenza is an illness that spread when respiratory droplets land on surfaces that are touched by others.
Symptoms of the flu can vary in severity. People who have infected with the virus report fever, cough, sore throat, runny or stuffy nose, body aches, headaches chills and fatigue. Some people also report vomiting and diarrhea.
Milder cases won’t usually require medical attention. Severe infections can require hospitalizations and cause death.
Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs) about the Flu
Is it contagious?
How is it diagnosed?
What if I’m not experiencing any symptoms?
What is the treatment?
The best protection against the flu virus is the flu vaccine. The flu vaccine recommended for almost everyone except children younger than six months of age.
The flu vaccine is available for children at all clinics and adults at the main clinic located at 2377 N. Stemmons Frwy. In Dallas. Click here for clinic hours and locations.
Download DCHHS’ flu prevention materials by clicking on the links below.
Immigrant and Refugee Resources
Download DCHHS’ clinical decision algorithm to assist with testing, treatment and prophylaxis of patients with symptoms of influenza. The CDC's 2010-2011 summary of antiviral flu medications included.
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