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Influenza "The Flu"

Dallas County Health and Human Services - 2377 N. Stemmons Freeway, Dallas, TX 75207

Telephone: 214-819-2000


Influenza is an illness that is spread when respiratory droplets land on surfaces that are touched by others.

Symptoms of the flu can vary in severity. People who have been 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.

Week 16 ending April 20, 2019

DCHHS Flu Report Week Ending 041319

Flu Prevention and Education Webinar

Download the Flu Prevention and Education PowerPoint presentation

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 is recommended for almost everyone except children younger than 6 months of age.

The flu vaccine is available for children at all clinics and for adults at the main clinic located at 2377 N. Stemmons Frwy. in Dallas. Click here for clinic hours and locations.

Flu Prevention Materials

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

Visit www.cdc.gov/flu or www.TexasFlu.org for more information.

Immigrant and Refugee Resources

CDC Seasonal Flu Materials for Refugees

Medical Providers

Download Information on how to submit specimens for influenza testing is currently being updated. A specimen submission form will be 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 flu antiviral medications is included.