Talk:Public health officials advise on rising flu levels in Texas 2013/2014 season

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Reporter's notes[edit]

  • "Texas Department of State Health Services

NEWS RELEASE Dec. 17, 2013 Flu on the Rise in Texas; DSHS Encourages Vaccination, Prevention With flu season ramping up in Texas, the Texas Department of State Health Services reminds people who haven’t gotten a flu shot yet this season not to put it off any longer. The level of flu-like illness is currently classified as “high” in Texas, and medical providers are seeing an increase in flu in multiple parts of the state. Getting vaccinated is the best way for people to protect themselves and their families from the flu during the holiday season, when there is typically an increase in flu cases. DSHS recommends everyone six months old and older get vaccinated. People should talk to their health care provider about the best type of flu vaccine for them. A nasal spray version is available for healthy people ages 2 to 49 who are not pregnant, and a high-dose vaccine is approved for people 65 and older. Flu is a serious disease that kills an average of 23,600 Americans a year, according to estimates from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. People over 65, pregnant women, young children and people with chronic health conditions are most at risk for complications, so it’s especially important for them to be vaccinated. Getting vaccinated is the best way to stop the spread of the flu. Additionally, cover all coughs and sneezes, wash hands frequently with soap and water or use hand sanitizer, and stay home if sick. -30- (News Media Contact: Chris Van Deusen, DSHS Press Officer, 512-776-7753)"

I subscribe to a zillion e-mail distro lists involving various state agencies in Texas. I also work for a state agency in Texas. The above item landed in my inbox this AM. --Bddpaux (talk) 20:20, 17 December 2013 (UTC)


  • That bit in the 2nd paragraph (re: central Texas).....I work for a state agency and I am familiar with public health work/statistics; the agency that reported that in the [2nd source article]....they cover only 2 counties, which is really only about one-sixth of "central" Texas.....which is why I wrote "small portion". --Bddpaux (talk) 14:43, 19 December 2013 (UTC)
  • I interviewed a casual acquaintance (who lives in Texas) on Wednesday about his flu symptoms he had recently. He told me, "I had the flu just a few weeks ago. It was awful. I was miserable." --Bddpaux (talk) 15:05, 19 December 2013 (UTC)

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At this time, gantdaily.com is refusing to let me connect. --Pi zero (talk) 15:25, 20 December 2013 (UTC)

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Would have been good to strengthen the sense of time in the lede. --Pi zero (talk) 18:09, 20 December 2013 (UTC)