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On December 20, 2013, the Texas Department of State Health Services (DSHS) issued an influenza health alert. Influenza is now widespread across the state, and influenza-like illness activity continues to increase. The DSHS Health Alert is available at http://www.dshs.state.tx.us/news/releases/20131220.aspx.
While most people recover from influenza within one to two weeks, others may develop significant complications that can lead to hospitalization and even death. In most years, people over the age of 65, pregnant women, young children and people with chronic health conditions are most at risk for complications. This year the prevailing H1N1 strain is causing severe illness in otherwise healthy mid-aged adults.
Immunization is the single best method for preventing influenza and reducing the risk of complications. It is not too late to get the flu vaccine, and DSHS recommends everyone over the age of 6 months be vaccinated, especially healthcare workers to prevent transmission to others. The prevailing strain is contained in this year's vaccine.
Antiviral treatment, when started within 48 hours of the onset of illness, may reduce the risk of complications and death, while possibly shortening the length of hospitalization. According to DSHS, antiviral treatment is recommended for anyone with confirmed or suspected influenza who is:
Other resources for further information regarding influenza and the influenza vaccine include:
Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) Seasonal Flu page
Texas Department of State Health Services
Department of Aging and Disability Services -- Texas Quality Matters
The Texas Department of Aging and Disability Services (DADS) has contracted with NACES Plus Foundation Inc. to collect data for the 2013-2014 Long-Term Services and Supports Quality Review. Approximately 5,500 adults will participate in face-to-face interviews from April 30 to Aug. 30, 2013. During that period, 1,400 families of children who receive services DADS administers will be invited to respond to a survey by mail, telephone or Survey Monkey. Adults and families of children will be asked questions about access to services, service delivery, choice and decision-making, respect, community integration, and helpfulness of the services they received. The information collected will help state officials and policymakers assess how satisfied people are with their services and identify where improvement in services were found as well as areas with opportunities to improve long-term services and supports.
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Updated: January 14, 2014