Health & Welfare

DCHHS Provides Update on Zika Virus Cases DALLAS
Dallas County Health and Human Services (DCHHS) has completed the initial public
health investigation on the two Zika virus cases reported Feb. 2. Both patients have recovered fully. As part of the public health follow-up, the patients have been advised to follow up with their physician. DCHHS conducted mosquito surveillance in the area of the patients’ residence and did not identify any mosquito/vector activity.
For information on Zika virus, go to the DCHHS

Influenza “The Flu”

Weekly Influenza Surveillance Report –

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?
Yes. A person can become infected by being exposed to the germs from a person infected with the virus.

How is it diagnosed?
Your healthcare provider can swab the inside of your nose and have it sent to a lab for testing.

What if I’m not experiencing any symptoms?
Some infected people will show no symptoms. You should still practice good prevention habits daily to avoid the spread of germs.

What is the treatment?
Call your doctor first and ask for any specific instructions or treatment that may be appropriate for you.

Flu Vaccine

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.

Flu Prevention

Download DCHHS’ flu prevention materials by clicking on the links below.

Posters for children (English/Spanish, 11×17)

Posters for parents (English/Spanish, 11×17)
Posters for general public (English/Spanish, 11×17)
Poster for proper hand washing (English/Spanish)

Visit or for more information.

Immigrant and Refugee Resources

CDC Seasonal Flu Materials for Refugees

Medical Providers

How to submit specimens for influenza testing. A sample submission form is required.

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.

For general questions or more information about Dallas County Health and Human Services,

Christopher Perkins, D.O., M.P.H.
Medical Director / Health Authority

Last Updated: 08/06/2015
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