The CDC is reporting widespread flu activity across the United States, including Texas. Both Type A and Type B
flu viruses are causing illness this season. Most of the Type A flu viruses are H3N2 viruses that are covered by the current flu vaccine. The majority of Type B flu viruses are B/Wisconsin viruses that are also covered by the current flu vaccine. The flu season in Texas extends from October to May. So, it is not too late to get a flu shot. The Student Health Center still has flu vaccine for $15. Call 512-245-2161 to schedule an appointment for a flu shot.
CDC testing of the anti-viral medications Tamiflu (pill or liquid) and Relenza (inhaled) reveals no significant resistance to either medication. So, both should be effective against the flu if taken within the first 48 hours of illness. Consult with your doctor to determine which is best for you.
The CDC recommends that persons at high risk for complications from the flu get vaccinated or treated when infected with the flu. Persons at high risk include those with asthma, chronic lung or heart disease, diabetes, kidney disorders, weakened immune systems due to illness or medication, pregnant women and persons 65 years of age and older.
Simple measures can help stop the spread of flu:
- Cover your coughs and sneezes using inside of elbow or tissue
- Stay home if sick!
For more information about the flu, check http://www.texasflu.org/ .