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Texas Emergency Management ONLINE 2014 Vol. 61 No. 11

Texas Emergency Management Briefs, Tips and Links

NOVEMBER NEWS BRIEFS

Flu Season
CDC has published the 2014-2015 recommendations for the prevention and control of influenza. CDC recommends an annual flu vaccine for everyone 6 months of age and older. Flu activity is low across the United States now, but usually begins to increase in October and most commonly peaks between January and March. Make plans to get your flu vaccine this fall.

Centers for Disease Control flu page.
Texas Department of State Health Services flu page.

West Nile
Of course there has been a lot of talk about Ebola, but, with recent rain across much of Texas, mosquito outbreaks are on the rise. And, with mosquitos, the risk of West Nile and other mosquito-borne illness rise as well. The number of reported cases of West Nile is increasing in Texas. Prepare for this potentially dangerous disease.

Practice these four habits:

  • Use an approved insect repellent every time you go outside. Approved repellents are those that contain DEET, picaridin or oil of lemon eucalyptus. Follow the instructions on the label.
  • Regularly drain standing water, including water that collects in empty cans, tires, buckets, clogged rain gutters and saucers under potted plants. Mosquitoes breed in stagnant water. 
  • Wear long sleeves and pants at dawn and dusk when mosquitoes are most active.
  • Use air conditioning or make sure there are screens on all doors and windows to keep mosquitoes from entering the home.

TDEM Daily Ebola Updates
West Nile Virus Homepage

Texas EMS Conference
The 2014 Texas EMS Conference is November 23-26, 2014 at the Fort Worth Convention Center. Find out how more about conference and register here:  Texas EMS Conference Registration.

The Annual IAEM-USA Conference
The 2014 IAEM-USA Conference is November 14-19, 2014 at The Henry B. Gonzalez Convention Center in San Antonio. Find out how more about conference and register here:  IAEM-USA Conference Registration.

The Great American Smokeout
The American Cancer Society marks the Great American Smokeout on November 20th. Tobacco use remains the single largest preventable cause of disease and premature death in the US, yet 42 million Americans still smoke cigarettes. If you’re a smoker, try quitting this one day. Try again the next day. Maybe even the next … Great American Smokeout Information


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