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Posted on: October 28, 2022

APH Update on COVID, Monkeypox, and Flu & Respiratory Illnesses

A Flu-A-Palooza is being held this Saturday, October 29, at Del Valle High School’s Healthy Living Fall Festival from 9 a.m. to 12 p.m.

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  • Flu season started early this year. Doctors and hospitals are seeing an increase in patients with flu-like symptoms. Get your flu shot now and take precautions to help stop the spread! 
    • Avoid close contact with people showing symptoms.  
    • Avoid touching your eyes, nose and mouth. 
    • Cover your coughs and sneezes. 
    • Wash your hands often (with soap and water). 
  • La temporada de gripe se ha adelantado este año. Las oficinas médicas y los hospitales están viendo un aumento de pacientes con síntomas similares a los de la gripe. ¡Vacúnese contra la gripe hoy y tome precauciones para evitar el contagio! 
    • Evite contacto cercano con personas enfermas. 
    • Evite tocarse los ojos, la nariz y la boca. 
    • Cúbrase la nariz y la boca al toser y estornudar. Lávese las manos (con agua y jabón) con frecuencia.

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A reminder that the information and statistics below is only regarding APH operations. It does not include the Travis County COVID-19 information that is provided weekly at Commissioners Court by County Executive Chuck Brotherton.

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COVID-19:  

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Monkeypox:  

  • As of Monday, October 24, Austin-Travis County had 219 confirmed monkeypox/orthopoxvirus cases. 
  • APH is providing Jynneos monkeypox vaccines to the community through community partners [austintexas.gov] and the vendor Wellness Equity Alliance (WEA). WEA has a page [wellnessequityalliance.com] that determines your vaccine eligibility and allows you to schedule an appointment.
    • Anyone who believes they are a close contact with a monkeypox case should reach out to their health care provider. Those without a health care provider may call APH’s Nurse Line at 512-972-5560 for information. 
  • APH is following the U.S. Food and Drug Administration’s emergency use authorization for the JYNNEOS vaccine to be administered intradermally. This increases the total number of doses available for use by up to five-fold. 
  • APH has received 5,918 vials of the JYNNEOS vaccine. 4,244 vials have been allocated to community providers. 
  • Monkeypox flyers and toolkits are available on APH’s website. [austintexas.gov]
  • Here are some things people can consider to decrease their risk for monkeypox:  
    • Decreasing the number of sex and intimate contact partners. 
    • Not going to places like bathhouses or other public sex venues. 
    • Avoiding raves, parties, or clubs where people wear minimal clothing and where there is direct, intimate, skin-to-skin contact. For those who attend these events or venues, avoid coming into contact with rashes or sores you see on others and minimize skin-to-skin contact when possible.  
    • Events where attendees are fully clothed and unlikely to share skin-to-skin contact are safer. However, attendees should be mindful of activities (like kissing) that might spread monkeypox. 
  • If you have symptoms [gcc02.safelinks.protection.outlook.com] of monkeypox, you should see a health care provider for testing.If you do not have a provider, call APH's Nurse Line at 512-972-5560. You should only get tested for monkeypox if you are experiencing rash symptoms.   
    • Testing involves a provider taking a swab of a lesion. You can only get tested if you have lesions.  
    • Only your provider — not APH — can give you the test result. While you are waiting for your test result, which can take a few days, isolate yourself from others.

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Flu & Upper Respiratory Illnesses:

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Alert: High flu numbers starting earlier this year (PDF)

Alerta: Cifras elevadas de gripe comienzan tempranamente este ano (PDF)  

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