So far, there are few cases of influenza in Texas. Surveillance by the Texas Department of State Health Services (DSHS) reports flu activity so far this season as "sporadic." No pediatric deaths have been reported so far during the 2011-12 season.
It's still an ideal time to encourage your patients to get vaccinated, especially as the timing, severity, and length of the flu season can vary from year to year. Flu vaccine appears to be readily available throughout the state. An annual flu vaccination is recommended for everyone aged 6 months and older.
The percentage of health care workers who have received flu vaccination has increased over the last couple of flu seasons. As of November, 63 percent of health care workers had been vaccinated, up 7 percent since this time last year, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC).
DSHS publishes a weekly summary of influenza activity around the state, and CDC publishes a national summary.
Action, Dec. 16, 2011