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Denton County Boosts Flu Vaccination Efforts During NIVW

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Denton County Public Health (DCPH) is emphasizing the importance of flu vaccinations during National Influenza Vaccination Week (NIVW). With the flu season in full swing, DCPH is encouraging residents to get vaccinated as a proactive measure to safeguard themselves and others.

Each year, flu activity typically heightens in the fall, peaking around December through February. This year, Denton County has observed a rise in flu cases, prompting health officials to advocate for timely vaccinations. Dr. Matt Richardson, the Director of Public Health, highlighted the significance of the annual flu shot, especially with the approaching holiday season.

DCPH recommends a comprehensive approach to combat the flu:

  1. Vaccination: The primary defense against the flu is the annual flu shot, advised for everyone aged 6 months and older.
  2. Preventive Actions: Everyday measures like wearing masks, frequent hand washing and sanitizing, and staying home when sick can help curb the spread of respiratory illnesses, including the flu, COVID-19, and RSV.
  3. Antiviral Medications: These serve as a secondary line of defense. In cases of flu symptoms, consulting a doctor promptly for potential antiviral treatment is advised.

The campaign stresses that vaccination is a collective responsibility that benefits the entire community, including those most vulnerable to flu complications, such as pregnant women, young children, older adults, residents of long-term care facilities, and people with certain chronic health conditions.

For more information on flu symptoms, treatment, and prevention, residents can visit dentoncounty.gov/flu and CDC.gov/flu.

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