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Influenza

Influenza is a contagious respiratory illness caused by a virus. Symptoms can be mild or severe, and in rare cases can lead to death. The flu virus is spread by droplets that are made when people sneeze, talk, or cough. It is possible for a person to get the flu by touching surfaces that contain the flu virus.

To learn more about Influenza visit www.cdc.gov

Symptoms

Symptoms of the flu may include some or all of the following:

  • Fever
  • Cough
  • Sore throat
  • Runny or stuffy nose
  • Muscle or body aches
  • Headaches
  • Fatigue
  • Vomiting
  • Diarrhea

Prevention

Preventing Influenza and the spread of the virus is key. Wash your hands frequently, eat a well balanced diet, obtain adequate sleep, and cover your cough and/or sneeze.

The best way to prevent Influenza is to be immunized annually against the virus.

Immunization Resources

Influenza Immunizations are offered at the Health Care Clinic and at the following locations at minimal to no cost:

The Family Planning Clinic & Men’s Health Center
1218 N. Armstrong
Kingsville, Tx 78363
361-595-1929

The Texas Department of Health
1413 E. Corral
Kingsville, Tx 78363
361-221-3008

Treatment

If you feel you are ill or may have the flu virus, please notify the Health Care Clinic at 361-593-2904.

Prescription antiviral medications must be started within the first 48 hours of symptoms for adequate effectiveness.

This page was last updated on: August 21, 2013