DSHS Offers Hot Weather Precautions

As many Texas areas mark record high temperatures, the Texas Department of State Health Services reminds people to be aware of the signs of heat illness and to take precautions to protect themselves from heat exhaustion and heat stroke.
The elderly, young children, people with chronic diseases and those without access to air conditioning are most …

Texas Immunization Registry Now Covers Adults

ImmTrac, the Texas immunization registry, has expanded to include adults. The Texas Department of State Health Services says the tool that’s been keeping track of children’s immunizations since 1997 will help all Texans know exactly which immunizations they’ve had.
With adults able to enroll in ImmTrac, people who provide consent can have their vaccine information stored …

DSHS Encourages a Seasonal Flu Shot for Nearly All Texans

The Texas Department of State Health Services is urging everyone over 6 months old to get a seasonal flu shot as soon as possible.
“There’s no reason to wait. The supply is here,” said Dr. David Lakey, DSHS commissioner. “We usually see an increase in flu cases in late October or early November. It takes the …

DSHS Ready or Not? Campaign Urges Disaster Preparedness

The Texas Department of State Health Services along with state and local officials today launched this year’s Ready or Not? multilingual public education campaign to encourage Texans to prepare for emergencies.
“Whether it’s a hurricane, tornado or flood, a disaster can strike when we least expect it, and we want people to be prepared,” said Dr. …


The Texas Department of State Health Services has established www.TexasFlu.org as an information and reference source for seasonal and H1N1 flu.
The site will be updated with new and revised information as the flu season progresses.
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