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The number of patients MedStar crews are treating for an Influenza Like Illness is more than SIX times as many as last year!

Crews are treating an average of 10 patients per day in December 2022, compared to an average of 1.4 patients per day in December 2021.

With the Christmas holiday approaching, not to mention the frigid weather keeping folks huddled indoors, we encourage all north Texans to use good flu prevention techniques from the CDC, and it’s still not too late to get your flu and COVID vaccines!

Quick Flu Transmission Prevention Tips:

  • Cover your nose and mouth with a tissue when you cough or sneeze. Throw the tissue in the trash after you use it.
  • Wash your hands often with soap and water. If soap and water are not available, use an alcohol-based hand rub.
  • Avoid touching your eyes, nose, and mouth. Germs spread this way.
  • Clean and disinfect surfaces and objects that may be contaminated with germs like the flu.

Click here for more CDC recommendations on flu prevention.

And, to help reverse this early trend, MedStar is also offering to bring a mobile flu vaccination clinic to any location with a group of 10 or more who would like to be vaccinated – click here for more information.