Flu Shots http://kut.org en Child is Season's 9th Travis County Flu Death http://kut.org/post/child-seasons-9th-travis-county-flu-death <p><a href="http://austintexas.gov/news/first-influenza-pediatric-death-austintravis-county">Nine deaths</a> from influenza in Travis County this flu season represent just one measure of how severe the season has been.</p><p>Dr. Phil Huang, Medical Director of the <a href="http://austintexas.gov/department/health">Austin/Travis County Health and Human Services Department</a>, notes that cases started showing up earlier in the season, toward the end of 2013, and that patients under the age of 60 were among the most severely affected.&nbsp;</p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">"Definitely what we're seeing is worse than </span><span style="line-height: 1.5;">what we've seen in some past seasons," Dr. Huang said, "and also the population that's being affected with some of the more severe illness is a younger </span><span style="line-height: 1.5;">population than what we were seeing."&nbsp;</span></p><p> Thu, 16 Jan 2014 02:11:00 +0000 Trey Shaar 9563 at http://kut.org Child is Season's 9th Travis County Flu Death UT Offering More Flu Shot Clinics http://kut.org/post/ut-offering-more-flu-shot-clinics <p>University of Texas at Austin is trying to boost efforts to protect students and staff from catching the flu.<a href="http://healthyhorns.utexas.edu/">&nbsp;The University Health Service Office</a>&nbsp;will provide <a href="http://healthyhorns.utexas.edu/flushots10.html">flu shots</a> Wednesday from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. at the Students Service Building’s Glenn Maloney Room. &nbsp;&nbsp;</p><p>"Because of the increase in flu cases, huge demand and the telephone calls we were getting about folks wanting flu shots, we scheduled an additional flu shots clinic," Sherry Bell, senior program coordinator for University Health Service said. Wed, 23 Jan 2013 01:51:11 +0000 Ann Choi 6291 at http://kut.org UT Offering More Flu Shot Clinics Tamiflu Drug Availability Becomes Spotty in Texas http://kut.org/post/tamiflu-drug-availability-becomes-spotty-texas <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">An early, widespread flu outbreak in Texas is putting a strain on the supply of the antiviral drug </span><a href="http://www.tamiflu.com/" style="line-height: 1.5;">Tamiflu</a><span style="line-height: 1.5;">, a Texas Department of State Health Services spokesperson said Wednesday.</span></p> Wed, 16 Jan 2013 22:03:05 +0000 Bobby Blanchard 6211 at http://kut.org Tamiflu Drug Availability Becomes Spotty in Texas Hispanics Less Likely to Get Flu Shot http://kut.org/post/hispanics-less-likely-get-flu-shot <p>Hospitals and clinics in Austin and Travis County are <a href="http://www.austintexas.gov/sites/default/files/files/Health/Epidemiology/flu_week52.pdf" target="_blank">reporting high levels of flu activity</a>. Across Texas, six kids have died so far this year from flu-related illnesses.</p><p>Doctors say the <a href="http://www.dshs.state.tx.us/news/releases/2013/High-Flu-Activity-Means-People-Should-Get-Vaccinated,-Seek-Treatment.doc" target="_blank">best way to protect yourself</a> is to get a flu shot.</p><p>But the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention says Hispanics are 10 percent less likely to get vaccinated than non-Hispanic whites. <a href="http://www.cdc.gov/flu/professionals/vaccination/nfs-survey-march2012.htm#ethnicity-adults" target="_blank">According to a CDC survey</a>, in March of 2012, less than 40 percent of Hispanic adults had been vaccinated. That's compared to around 50 percent of non-Hispanic white adults. Mon, 14 Jan 2013 17:15:00 +0000 Laura Rice & Jill Replogle, Fronteras Desk 6165 at http://kut.org Hispanics Less Likely to Get Flu Shot Can You Get A Flu Shot And Still Get The Flu? http://kut.org/post/can-you-get-flu-shot-and-still-get-flu This year's flu season started about a month early, prompting federal health officials to warn it could be one of the worst in years. They're urging everyone to get their flu shots.<p>But like every flu season, there are lots of reports of people complaining that they got their shot but still got the flu. Tue, 08 Jan 2013 11:59:05 +0000 Rob Stein 6095 at http://kut.org Can You Get A Flu Shot And Still Get The Flu? Top Morning Stories September 20, 2011 http://kut.org/post/top-morning-stories-september-20-2011 <p><strong>It&#39;s Flu Shot Time Again...</strong></p><p>The Austin/Travis County Health and Human Services Department is offering free flu shots for people who are uninsured, underinsured&nbsp;or on Medicare. Some of the flu&nbsp;clinics allow walk-ins others are by appointment only.&nbsp;</p> Tue, 20 Sep 2011 11:05:52 +0000 Crystal Chavez, KUT News 2553 at http://kut.org Top Morning Stories September 20, 2011 Got Flu Shot? http://kut.org/post/got-flu-shot <p>Warmer weather...bright sunshine...trees starting to blossom...it&#39;s beginning to look a lot like spring!&nbsp; But that doesn&#39;t mean that flu season&#39;s over. Tue, 01 Mar 2011 20:22:21 +0000 Kenn Zuniga 864 at http://kut.org Got Flu Shot?