Flu Spreading Quickly

Levels of influenza-like illness – both A and B strains – continue to increase across Texas and the nation. At least five Texas children have died.

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) offers guidance and resources for physicians on clinical information, diagnostic testing, and antiviral medications.

The Texas Department of State Health Services provides detailed, weekly summaries of flu activity at texasflu.org. The Texas Pediatric Society created a summary of antiviral treatment guidelines for children.

More flu-related resources are available on the TMA website.

In addition, CDC's new influenza mobile application allows you and your staff to keep up with the latest flu news and recommendations on your iPads, iPhones, or iPod touch devices.  

You can:

  • View updated information on national flu activity;
  • Find influenza vaccination recommendations endorsed by CDC and the Advisory Committee on Immunization Practices (ACIP);
  • Obtain information on diagnosing and treating influenza, including antiviral treatment recommendations by CDC and ACIP;
  • Obtain information on laboratory testing for influenza;
  • Find CDC recommendations on influenza infection control;
  • View videos of CDC subject matter experts discussing influenza topics; and
  • Order official CDC-designed print products to post in your office or distribute to patients.

For more information, contact CDC-INFO

Action, Jan. 15, 2013