The number of influenza-like illnesses in Tarrant County that are being reported are on the rise, according to a spokesperson with Tarrant County Public Health.
That increase means that more people have been visiting doctors with flu-like symptoms: a fever of 100 degrees or more, along with a cough or sore throat.
The colder weather also contributes to the likelihood of flu-like illnesses spreading more easily.
Lou Brewer, Director of Tarrant County Public Health, recommends that the best way to protect against the flu is to get a flu shot before the peak of flu season starts, as it takes about two weeks for the flu vaccine to be effective. Brewer also reminds to wash hands thoroughly, cover coughs and sneezes, stay home when sick and avoid close contact with anyone who is sick.
Flu vaccines are available for $20 at the following Tarrant County Public Health Centers where Medicaid and Medicare Part B are accepted:
Arlington Public Health Center
536 W. Randol Mill Road, Arlington, TX 76011
Bagsby-Williams Public Health Center
3212 Miller Avenue, Fort Worth, TX 76119
Northwest Public Health Center
3800 Adam Grubb Road, Lake Worth, TX 76135
Southwest Public Health Center
6551 Granbury Road, Fort Worth, TX 76133
Watauga Public Health Center
6601 Watauga Road, Suite 122, Watauga, TX 76148
For more information, call 817-321-4700 or visit the Give Flu the Boot! web page.
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