I have some good news and some bad news about influenza in Texas.
I’ll start with the good news: The number of reported cases of flu-like illness went down slightly in the week that ended Nov. 16 compared with the week before.
Now onto the bad news: First, it’s still early in flu season. Second, several children’s hospitals in Texas have seen severe spikes in kids with flu-like symptoms.
Across the state, 1,304 cases of flu-like illness were reported for the week that ended Nov. 16, the Texas Department of State Health Services reported. That’s down from the 1,375 cases reported the week before. One pediatric death has been reported.
If you’re looking for more ways to help prevent and control the spread of seasonal flu by using vaccines, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) has teamed up with Medscape to offer free CME (login required) on the latest vaccine recommendations.
The CME, which is based on information from the CDC’s Advisory Committee on Immunization Practices (ACIP) includes information such as:
- The availability and composition of influenza vaccine preparations, according to updated influenza vaccine recommendations from ACIP for the 2019-2020 flu season;
- Recent labeling changes for two quadrivalent influenza vaccine formulations; and
- Other recommendations from ACIP regarding use of influenza vaccine for the 2019-2020 flu season.
Find the free CME activity on the Medscape website.
More tools and resources to help you and your patients prevent flu are on the DSHS website.
As always, the Texas Medical Association website has plenty of information on infectious diseases such as influenza.
And if you’re looking for more ways to keep your community healthy, apply for a grant from TMA’s Be Wise – ImmunizeSM program, in which physicians, TMA Alliance volunteers, and medical student chapters provide flu shots at no cost to uninsured and underinsured Texans in their hometowns.
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November 26, 2019