2020 Flu Season Information
Flu season has begun. As expected with high levels of influenza (flu) currently circulating in our community, cases of influenza-like illnesses may be increasingly reported in students and staff. Flu signs and symptoms usually come on suddenly and the best way to prevent seasonal flu is to get vaccinated every year. It is the No. 1 prevention against the flu.
What Is The Flu?
• Seasonal influenza (flu) is an airborne viral infection that spreads easily from person to person.
• Seasonal flu can be deadly for high-risk groups, such as the very young and old.
• Symptoms include a fever, cough, headache, muscle and joint pain.
• Antiviral drugs are also available for severe cases of flu and high risk groups, but need to be started within 48 hours of symptoms.
• Viruses circulate worldwide every year, mutating slightly over time.
• When an infected person coughs or sneezes, droplets containing the virus spread in the air.
• A vaccination, or flu shot, is considered to be the most effective way to prevent the flu. You can receive the flu shot from your primary care physician, a local pharmacy or public health department.
• Hand washing is always the body's best defense against infection. Please wash your hands frequently and thoroughly.
• Staying home when you are sick and sneezing into a tissue can prevent transmission.
• Avoid touching your eyes, mouth or nose with unwashed hands.
• Get plenty of rest and drink plenty of fluids.
Signs and Symptoms
People who are sick with the flu often feel some or all of these symptoms: fever, cough, sore throat, runny or stuffy nose, muscle or body aches, headaches and or fatigue. If you have one or more of these conditions, please seek early medical attention quickly from a doctor or by one of the following resources throughout the district. Early treatment of these conditions can help lessen the effects of the flu.
Crowley Area Information
• The Texas Health Huguley Mobile Health Services Bus provides services to those unable to access healthcare due to a lack of transportation or adequate financial resources.
PDF: Texas Health Huguley Mobile Health Services Bus Schedule
• CVS Pharmacy in Crowley has a Minute Clinic staffed by a nurse practitioner who can test for the flu and prescribe medications.
• Crowley House of Hope has a physician on site, please call for an appointment at 817-297-6495.
• The JPS School-Based Health Center is located behind Parkway Elementary at 1320 Everman Parkway, Fort Worth, Texas 76140; Phone: 817-702-4788
• If your insurance offers a Tel-e-Doc program, you may also be able to call and speak to a physician.
• Please use the emergency room as a last resort for minor cold and flu like illnesses unless its severe.
PDF: Tarrant County Public Health Immunization Clinic
The GoodRX App is an app that will provide comparative pricing at different locations for specific medications. Please note to always ask for the generic brand of medication for a lower price. Allergies to mountain cedar are high during this time of year, but to be safe if you are experiencing any of the symptoms above especially if you have a fever, please seek medical attention. Crowley ISD employees please remember to use your Health Care Clinic with Texas Health Physicians Group for you or your dependents.
Centers For Disease Control and Prevention Flu | Tarrant County Public Health
Please note that these are only recommendations, please follow the instructions given by your family medical practioner.