Public Health

Prepare-A-Thon April 30, 2014

America’s PrepareAthon! is a nationwide, community-based campaign for action to increase emergency preparedness and resilience through hazard-specific drills, group discussions and exercises conducted at the national level every fall and spring.

In Fort Bend County, the Health & Human Services' Public Health Preparedness Program will be conducting a community CASPER (Community Assessment for Public Health Emergency Response) on April 26, 2014 in support of Prepare-A-Thon. 

For more information about the CASPER and how to register to participate click: www.fortbendcountyhhs.com

Be Healthy From the Start


Public health starts at home. From family nutrition and maternal health to safety precautions and disaster preparedness, the first step the community takes toward public health are in the comfort of their own home. Take action at home through better meal planning, conducting safety upgrades and preparing for emergencies. Empower others within your community to do the same.

When Disaster Strikes, Will You Be Ready?

Basic preparation can help keep your family safe in any type of emergency.
Make a plan and gather essentials now to avoid a truly disastrous situation. You never know when a disaster will strike. Be prepared.

Click each icon for more information on how to prepare or visit www.texasprepares.org  

                                            

         Make a Kit.                          Have a Plan.                       Be Informed.

Flu Season Is Not Over: Get Vaccinated

Influenza (also known as the flu) is a contagious respiratory illness caused by the influenza virus that infects the nose, throat, and lungs. It usually comes on suddenly, can cause mild to severe illness, with symptoms that can range from  fever, chills, sore- throat, and cough to headaches, muscle or body aches, tiredness, and vomiting/diarrhea (this is more common in children than adults). Potential complications of the flu are pneumonia, bronchitis, sinus and  ear infections. The flu also makes chronic health problems worse. These complications can be minor but some can  advance to a life-threatening state and result in death. There have been 20 pediatric  influenza-associated deaths in Texas  during the  2012-2013 influenza season. Influenza can be  prevented by getting a flu vaccine each year.

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) recommends that everyone at least 6 months of age and older be vaccinated against the seasonal flu. The best way to prevent the flu from spreading is by getting an annual flu vaccine. Vaccines take about  two weeks to take effect and provide protection against the influenza virus. To prevent spreading the flu remember to always cover all coughs and sneezes, wash hands often with soap and water, utilize hand sanitizer, and stay home if sick.

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   Where to get vaccinated?

You can get a flu vaccination at your doctor’s office, local       clinic/health department, pharmacy, urgent care, and many   employers offer them annually.

Fort Bend County Clinical Health Services is providing flu vaccines for adults 19 and older for $15 and vaccines for uninsured children 18 years and under for $10. Fully insured children should see their physician for vaccine needs. Pregnant women should consult with their primary care physician first before seeking immunization services. Vaccines will be provided until supplies run out.

For more information call Clinical Health Services at 281-342-6414

 

For more information about the flu, prevention, and vaccination, visit the CDC’s flu website at: http://www.cdc.gov/flu


The Department of Health & Human Services is Fort Bend County's principal agency for protecting the health of county residents and providing essential human services, especially for those who are least able to help themselves. The Department includes seven subordinate departments, covering a wide spectrum of activities .fort bend county

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Links to other Fort Bend County Health Department Programs:

Animal Services (or www.fortbendcountypets.com)                    

Emergency Medical Service (EMS)                                          

Indigent Health Care                                                               

Veterans Service    

Clinical Health

Environmental Health

Social Services

 

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