Flu update - local developments and resources to keep your family healthy

Posted on 5/4/2009 1:12 PM


The San Antonio Express-News reported yesterday that concerns about the H1N1 flu appear to be easing.  Here are a few resources that may be useful to you as you seek to keep your family safe and healthy.
There is no vaccine available right now to protect against Influenza H1N1. There are everyday actions that can help prevent the spread of germs that cause respiratory illnesses like influenza. Take these everyday steps to protect your health:
o        Cover your nose and mouth with a tissue when you cough or sneeze. Throw the tissue in the trash after you use it. If you do not have a tissue, cough or sneeze into the inside of your elbow or sleeve, not your hands.
o        Wash your hands often with soap and water, especially after you cough or sneeze. Alcohol-based hand cleaners are also effective.
o        Avoid touching your eyes, nose or mouth. Germs spread this way.
o        Try to avoid close contact with sick people.
o        If you get sick with influenza, CDC recommends that you stay home from work or school and limit contact with others to keep from infecting them.
Questions about the flu:
Local Metro Health Hotline: (210) 207-5779
Texas Telephone Hotline for Information: (888) 777-5320
Texas Healthcare Providers Only: (877) 623-6274
School Closures:
Local officials are currently NOT recommending school closures in Bexar County. As a result of recent H1N1 cases, over 28 school districts and 6 charter schools in Texas have been affected which has resulted in schools and districts closing their campuses as a precautionary measure. A complete listing of school closings can be found at www.tea.state.tx.us.
More information on the state's response is available at http://www.governor.state.tx.us/. Additional information on developments in Bexar County is available at http://www.sanantonio.gov/HEALTH/SwineFlu.html.