Flu Spike In Wichita Falls

The city of Wichita Falls issued the following statement in regards to the increase in flu activity in the city:

The Wichita Falls-Wichita County Public Health District is strongly encouraging those that have not yet received a flu vaccine to do so promptly. Flu surveillance is showing an increase in flu activity in North Texas. The Health District has had several reports of positive rapid flu screens as well as increased emergency room visits and school absences due to influenza like illness.

Flu vaccine is available at the Health District, 1700 3rd Street, on a walk-in basis, Monday through Friday from 8:am to 4:30pm. A prescription will be required for those under 65 years of age requesting a Pneumonia shot as well as for pregnant women requesting the Flu shot. Once administered, the flu vaccine takes approximately two weeks to provide effective protection.

The Health District also recommends the following steps to help decrease the transmission of the flu virus: frequent hand washing, covering the mouth and nose when coughing or sneezing and staying at home when sick. For more information please contact the Health District at 761-7841.