Although COVID-19 hasn't settled on a 'season' as of yet, influenza has. It typically runs from October through mid-May, peaking in February.
Of special note:
The first and most important way to prevent the flu is to get vaccinated every year. Maximum protection occurs about two weeks after receiving the shot.
Free Flu Vaccinations for Uninsured Tarrant County Residents
Tarrant County has partnered with local pharmacies in the area to expand flu shot access for the uninsured. If you are an uninsured Tarrant County resident, you can go to any of these participating pharmacy locations and get a free flu shot from now till March 31, 2023. Uninsured residents can also make an appointment at any of our immunization brick and mortar clinics to recieve a free flu shot by calling our Tarrant County Public Health Call Center at 817-248-6299. There will not be an out-of-pocket cost to the recipient.
While it’s possible to still get sick with the flu after vaccination, the severity of the flu is significantly reduced and there are fewer complications than those who are unvaccinated.
Getting vaccinated also helps protect people around you, including those who are more vulnerable to serious flu illness, like babies and young children, older people and people with certain chronic health conditions.
These other tips are also recommended to protect yourself and others from the flu as well as COVID-19:
Avoid close contact with people who are sick.
Stay home from work, school and errands when you are sick.
Cover your mouth with a tissue to contain coughing and sneezing --and a mask if you're out and about for your own protection.
Wash your hands often with soap and water.
Avoid touching your eyes, nose or mouth.
Clean and disinfect commonly touched surfaces, especially when someone is ill.
The latest information on influenza in Tarrant County is available at the top of this page, with the most recent report available as well as previous influenza reports.
On this page you will find seasonal flu resources and a toolkit that we hope you find useful.
We are relying on your support to help FIGHT THE FLU! in Tarrant County and beyond. We welcome your feedback.
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