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Hidalgo County, along with the state of Texas, has seen occurrences of influenza during influenza season becoming more prevalent as the season progresses.
Hidalgo County had 18 estimated cases of Influenza A-H1N1 in the county as of Dec. 26. There were four adults hospitalized for other medical diagnoses, which had been complicated by H1N1. This estimate is calculated from the Influenza Surveillance Program conducted by Hidalgo County Health and Human Services Department.
Seasonal influenza is not a reportable condition in the state of Texas; local health departments do not receive reported cases of influenza. While influenza-associated pediatric (individuals under the age of 18) mortality cases are reportable, these occur in very rare instances. As a result, counts are estimates and are nearly impossible to track on a regular basis.
Therefore, the Hidalgo County Health and Human Services Department places its emphasis on educating the public on the importance of prevention. When looking at influenza, prevention is the key to protection for yourself and others. Protect yourself and prevent the flu by getting the flu shot this flu season. The flu shot is available to those 6 months and older, and in variations to accommodate age, allergies, and other conditions.
Prevention can also be achieved by remembering the 4 C’s:
- Clean and wash your hands
- Cover your cough and sneeze
- Contain yourself, and stay home if sick
- Consult your physician, and seek medical attention if ill
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