The Dallas County Health and Human Services Department reports flu cases in the county are down for a second straight week.
Between Feb. 1 and Feb. 8, 1,046 positive flu cases were recorded by the county, more than 350 fewer than the week before (1,402) -- a drop of about 29%. During the most recent reporting week, from Feb. 8 to Feb. 15, 657 positive cases were recorded -- that's a drop of more than 46% over the week before and a drop of 72% since Feb. 1.
Despite the drop, the county health department says influenza activity remains high with 20.2% of tests returning positive. The county said there were also 120 new influenza-associated hospitalizations reported during Week 7, between Feb. 8 and Feb. 15.
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DCHHS said RSV activity is low with 3.4% of tests reporting as positive.
Tips for Avoiding the Flu
- Get a flu vaccine every season, especially people at high risk
- Wash your hands often with soap and water
- Cover your mouth and nose with a tissue when coughing or sneezing
- Avoid close contact with people who are sick
- Stay home when you are sick
- Avoid touching your eyes, nose or mouth
- If you're experiencing flu symptoms, visit your doctor and begin taking antiviral medications to help you recover more quickly