Flu Activity Report for the week of January 13th
Influenza-like illness: 867 Flu A: 684 Flu B: 204 Non- Differentiated: 80 TOTAL: 1835
Flu Treatment Guidelines
Although, there has been a slight decrease in flu cases over the past 2 weeks, the flu virus is still active in McLennan County and the risk for developing the flu remains high.
The Waco-McLennan County Public Health District, Baylor Scott & White and Providence Healthcare Network want to encourage anyone with flu symptoms to seek medical care. If you are sick with flu-like symptoms and need care, please do not hesitate to seek treatment. Healthcare providers are available to ensure you receive appropriate treatment. Only a healthcare professional can diagnosis the flu and prescribe medications.
There are many options to choose from starting with a primary healthcare provider, hospital emergency departments, urgent care clinics and private emergency rooms. Please limit the number of family members you bring to the clinic. This will protect healthy family members from the possibility of exposure to the flu. If you need medical attention for non-emergency conditions and symptoms contact your primary care provider or go to an urgent care clinic.
The following urgent care facilities are available on a walk-in basis.
Central Texas Urgent Care Bellmead
1135 North Loop 340
Central Texas Urgent Care Woodway
1201 Hewitt Dr #203
Concentra Urgent Care
4205 Franklin Ave
FastMed Urgent Care
5400 Crosslake Pkwy #300
1411 N. Valley Mills Drive
Premier ER - China Spring
10207 China Spring Rd STE 170
Premier ER Plus- Waco
221 N Jack Kultgen Expy
Premier ER Plus- Woodway
9110 Jordan Lane
The Health District urges residents to protect themselves from mosquitoes and the serious diseases they can carry. Although the weather is beginning to cool, there is still a risk for West Nile Virus. Mosquito season will continue for at least another two months. It is important to use insect repellant during outdoor activities, especially in the morning and evening.
The Health District and Prosper Waco have partnered with NYU School of Medicine’s Department of Population Health, NYU Wagner, the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation, and the National Resource Network, to create a first-of-its-kind data visualization online tool that allows city leaders to view residents’ health by neighborhood – and take action!
Learn more about the City Health Dashboard. Visit the dashboard to learn more about our City! cityhealthdashboard.com
Our Vision, Misson and Core Values
At the Waco-McLennan County Public Health District, we recognize the importance of proper disposal of sharps and medications for residents and for the environment. We do not offer services to aid in the disposal of syringes; however, safe disposal of needles may be easier than you think. Click here for recommendations provided by Texas Commission on Environmental Quality (TCEQ) on how to dispose of medical waste.
Check out this helpful video from the Solid Waste Department and Muncipal Information Department of the City of Waco
Residents may also check with their prescribing physician for free sharps containers to aid in the storage of medical waste. Local pharmacies may also take back of any unused medication.
The 2016 Waco-McLennan County Community Health Needs Assessment (CHNA) was conducted through a funding partnership with the Waco-McLennan County Public Health District, Providence Healthcare Network, Baylor Scott & White Medical Center-Hillcrest, and Baylor University Center for Community Research and Development.
The goal of the CHNA is to provide a comprehensive and unbiased profile of McLennan County, assess community health and risk factors, and identify access to care issues. The results will stimulate discussion and planning of projects to address health needs identified. Previous assessments have resulted in targeted health promotions and have supported numerous grant opportunities for the community.
The Health District is working with City of Waco Code Inforcement ,Housing and Legal to develop a model Lead Response Ordinance. You can read about the latest updates from The Waco Tribune Hearld.