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Two January flu cases in Milam

By MONICA STEWART
Milam County Public Health Preparedness Coordinator

With the season ramping up in Texas, we have noticed that so are Milam County cases of Influenza.

The level of flu-like illness is currently classified as “high” in Texas, and medical providers are seeing an increase in flu in multiple parts of the state.

It is not too late to receive your flu vaccination because, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention the flu can continue to occur as late as May.

In Milam County we have seen an increase in flu like illnesses, since October, 2013, to January 2014 we have had a total of 259 reported f lu like illnesses, 35 cases of flu Type A and two cases flu Type B.

The Milam County Health Department has also received two cases of H1N1 in January 2014.

There are various types of flu virus that are known. These are classified as type A and B. Type A and B are known to cause severe respiratory symptoms like fever, fatigue, headache, runny nose and congestion.

These types can lead to epidemics since they are extremely infectious and can travel from one person to another by direct contact, sneezing and coughing.

Getting vaccinated is the best way for people to protect themselves and their families from the flu. The Department of State Health Services recommends everyone six months old and older get vaccinated.

People should talk to their health care provider about the best type of flu vaccine for them.

Flu is a serious disease that kills an average of 23,600 Americans a year, according to estimates from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

People over 65, pregnant women, young children and people with chronic health conditions are most at risk for complications, so it’s especially important for them to be vaccinated.

Getting vaccinated is the best way to stop the spread of the flu. Additionally, cover all coughs and sneezes, wash hands frequently with soap and water or use hand sanitizer when water is not available and stay home if you are sick.

If you have any questions or concerns please feel free to call or contact the Milam County Health Department 254-697-7039.

In Rockdale flu shots are available at Brookshire Bros pharmacy every day but Wednesday.

The Milam County Health Department has flu shots available at the One-Stop Center in Rockdale Tuesdays and Thursdays and at its Cameron office Mondays and Wednesdays.

Shots are currently no longer available at Little River Medical Clinic or CVS Pharmacy in Rockdale which is out of vaccine.


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The burn ban for Milam County has been lifted. Burning is always prohibited in the county's municipalities.


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