Austin, Texas – Flu activity is starting to increase across Austin/Travis County, with Influenza B being the most common type of flu circulating. It's not too late to get your flu shot and fight flu.
"It is not just about you," said Interim Health Authority Dr. Mark Escott. "It is about those around you who are at greater risk."
Austin Public Health offers flu vaccinations for uninsured adults and children who are uninsured or Medicaid recipients. You can call the Shots for Tots/Big Shots appointment line at 512-972-5520. For those who are insured, visit VaccineFinder.org to find a location near you to get your flu shot. People who get vaccinated and still get sick can expect a milder illness – and a lower risk of pneumonia, hospitalization or death.
In addition to the flu vaccine, everyone should wash their hands, cover coughs and sneezes and avoid touching your face. Influenza may present the following symptoms:
- Sudden onset
- Fever or chills
- Cough, sore throat
- Runny or congested nose
- Muscle or body aches
- Severe fatigue
If you have similar symptoms, you can contact your doctor within 48 hours of symptom onset to get an antiviral drug, which can reduce the severity of symptoms. It's also important to rest, drink lots of fluids and stay home if you're sick.
For more information and to stay up-to-date with the latest flu activity in Austin/Travis County, visit AustinTexas.gov/Flu.