District recommends vaccinations in wake of flu activity

In response to reports of the influenza virus throughout the state, Cypress-Fairbanks ISD is joining the Texas Department of State Health Services (DSHS) in urging students, staff and community members to receive a flu vaccination and taking additional steps to protect against the flu.

According to the DSHS, each season’s flu vaccine provides protection against three strains of flu. Researchers with the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) have reported that the current vaccine is well matched with strains of the flu in circulation.

“Since prevention of disease is the best way to protect the health and wellness of Cy-Fair ISD students, staff and community, the Cy-Fair ISD health services department supports the CDC and DSHS recommendation that all people aged 6 months and older be immunized against influenza,” says Bevin Gordon, Cy-Fair ISD director of health services.

As of Dec. 3, the CDC reported that approximately 37 percent of the U.S. population aged 6 months and older had been vaccinated, with children showing the highest rate of vaccination (45 percent).

The DSHS recommends a vaccination for everyone 6 months or older, especially those in the high-risk groups—children, those aged 65 and older, pregnant women and people with chronic health conditions.

In addition to vaccinations, Gordon and the health services team are encouraging parents and students to protect themselves and others by washing their hands frequently, covering coughs and sneezes and staying home from school if they are exhibiting flu-like symptoms until they are fever-free for 24 hours without the use of fever-reducing medications.

For details on the flu, including a vaccine finder, please visit TexasFlu.org. To find information on where to receive a flu shot, contact a health care provider, a local health department or dial 2-1-1.