City of Garland Public Health Notice - Oct. 17, 2014
Three cases of Ebola have been confirmed in Dallas County since September 28. At least five contacts in Garland are being monitored by Dallas County Health and Human Services. These contacts were on Frontier Airlines Flight 1143 with the second nurse that tested positive for the virus. One of the contacts in Garland is not under an official quarantine, but has been asked by Dallas County Health to stay home for 21 days and is being monitored twice a day by phone and being told not to travel. The four additional Garland contacts are considered extremely low risk. They are self-monitoring twice a day by phone and have no other restrictions.
Representatives from Dallas County, the City of Garland, Garland ISD and other involved agencies are working together to monitor the situation, educate, and protect the safety of our healthcare workers, first responders, students and residents. The City of Garland has activated its Emergency Operations Center in order to closely monitor these developments. The Garland Health Department will provide updates as they become available. Visit www.Garlandtx.gov for updates and additional information link. Garland ISD is providing school-related details at www.garlandisd.net.
It is important to note that Ebola is transmitted by direct contact with blood or bodily fluids of a person who is exhibiting symptoms of the disease. The best protection from the Ebola virus is to practice careful hygiene. For example, wash your hands with soap and water or an alcohol-based hand sanitizer and avoid contact with blood and bodily fluids.
To learn more about Ebola please visit the following links:
Information from the Garland Independent School District
Due to the heightened flu situation, Garland Public Health Clinic has a limited supply of flu vaccine. Please call 972-205-3370 for information regarding availability before visiting the clinic.
Every flu season is different, and influenza infection can affect people differently. The “flu season” in the United States can begin as early as October and last as late as May. During this time, flu viruses are circulating in the population. An annual flu vaccine is the best way to reduce the chance of getting seasonal flu and spreading it to others.
Good hygiene habits help prevent infection, too. Wash your hands often and cover your coughs and sneezes. It’s best to use a tissue and quickly throw it away. If you don’t have a tissue, you should cough or sneeze into your upper sleeve, not your hands. This will prevent the spread of germs.
Influenza vaccine facts:
• You can’t get the “flu” from the influenza vaccine.
• Children 6 months and older need a flu vaccine every year.
• A nasal-spray vaccine can be given to healthy children and adults (2 – 49 years old).
• Children younger than 9 years old who are getting influenza vaccine for the first time need two doses.
• Ask for the high-dose influenza vaccine if you are 65 years or older.
If you have not yet received a flu vaccination this season, please contact the Garland Public Health Clinic at 972-205-3370.
The mission of the Clinical Services Department is to provide basic public health services - including immunizations and well-child exams and surveillance, investigation, and control services related to communicable diseases, directed primarily towards the city’s medically needy population. These services allow for increased community-wide immunity from vaccine-preventable diseases and serve to identify and aid in early intervention with growth and developmental problems among children. Failure to provide these services would require that Garland residents seek these services elsewhere or simply go without proper care.
Low-cost immunizations administered by specially trained registered nurses are available year round for all ages at the Clinical Services location in Garland. Clinical Services is also an approved administration site for travel vaccines, including the Yellow Fever vaccine.
Along with child and adult immunizations, the clinic provides well-child Texas Health Steps exams, communicable disease surveillance and prophylaxis, tuberculosis screening, perinatal Hepatitis B case management/monitoring, population assessments, and education of providers and the community about the State’s immunization registry ImmTrac.
Nursing staff also oversee the proper storage, handling, and administration of vaccines by Garland providers in the Texas Vaccines for Children program.
Staff nurses are available to provide health education to the entire community. Along with on-site clinical services, they offer back-to-school clinics and flu vaccine clinics at various school and community locations.