PUBLIC HEALTH DISTRICT

Tax Season Help

University High School students will once again be offering free tax preparation. This is a completely free service and is run and operated by student volunteers.  Last year the students prepared 2,263 electronic tax returns for the people of Waco. These returns totaled over $4.3 million in refunds. 

When:  January 22nd – April 15th (Mondays, Tuesdays and Thursdays) 5 p.m. to 8 p.m.
Where: University High School, 3201 S. New Road in Waco

More information on the AJ Moore Tax Preparation Program

Weekly Flu Report

Flu Activity Report for the week of Feb. 15th-21st, 2015

Total:58  Influenza-like illness: 24  Flu A:15  Flu B:18  Non-Differentiated: 1

For complete flu season history.

Measles Update

Find basic information about measles and what is happening at the national, state, and local levels from the links below!

National:

2015: The majority of cases (51 of 84) reported so far during 2015 are part of a large, ongoing outbreak linked to an amusement park in California.

Texas:

2014: 10 measles cases, 1 of which was connected to a CA case, but not connected to the amusement park in California.

2015: 1 case to date, international exposure (i.e. not CA related)

McLennan County:

Zero (0) cases since 2009

How to prevent Measles?

Vaccination is the most important strategy to prevent measles. Two doses of measles-containing vaccine (MMR vaccine) are more than 99 percent effective in preventing measles. The majority of the people who get measles are unvaccinated.

Isolation of infectious carriers of measles will limit the spread.

CDC has a recent article for parents about measles.

Greater Waco Food Environment Study 2014