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from the Duncanville ISD Friday Informer

Influenza season has begun earlier than usual in Dallas County, with the number of cases on the rise and expected to increase as winter continues.  The flu is very contagious, and public health organizations and school administrators want to help students, staff, and parents remember ways they can help stop the spread of the flu.

According to the National Association of County and City Health Officials, the “WHACK the Flu Campaign” was developed by the Berkeley Public Health Division, in collaboration with the University of California, in 2004.  According to Duncanville ISD Health Services Coordinator Judy Henry the campaign is once again receiving nationwide recognition, and is a helpful resource for the community.

The American Academy of Pediatrics recommends that students, staff, and all family members wash their hands frequently and thoroughly with soap and water, or use hand sanitizer.  Teach children to cover their cough with their elbow or sleeve, and to avoid excessive touching of the face.


The Centers for Disease Control recommend that adults and children stay home for at least 24 hours after a fever is gone without the use of a fever-reducing medicine, and while sick, limit contact with others as much as possible to keep from infecting them.

Avoid Touching
The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services advises against excessive touching of the eyes, nose, or mouth.  This is the most common way people are infected with flu germs.

The Texas Department of State Health Services recommends covering coughs and sneezes with your arm or sleeve or a disposable tissue, to avoid spreading germs into the air.  By not using your hands when you sneeze, you lessen the chance of spreading germs onto items you touch.

Keep Your Distance
The Dallas County Department of Health and Human Services recommends keeping your distance from people who may be exhibiting influenza-like symptoms.  Six feet is the recommended minimum distance to avoid infection.  If you are exposed to the flu virus, seeking anti-viral medication can help reduce your risk of becoming sick.