COVID-19 / Communicable Diseases

A centralized hub of updates, information, and links designed to keep parents, staff, and the community informed about COVID-19 and other communicable diseases.
 

Updated COVID-19 Boosters and Flu Vaccines are Now Available

Austin Public Health (APH) encourages families to get up to date with seasonal flu shots and updated COVID-19 boosters to protect loved ones at higher risk. Vaccination is crucial for adults 65 and older, children under 5, pregnant women and individuals who suffer from chronic health conditions. 
 
Where Can I get Vaccinated?
 
The flu vaccine is widely available through doctors’ offices and pharmacies and covered by most insurance companies including Medicaid. Ideally, flu shots should be given during September and October and can be given at the same time as COVID-19 vaccines. 

The new bivalent boosters, a multiple purpose dose, is designed to better protect against the new COVID-19 omicron subvariants and is now available in our community for free. Many retail pharmacies and providers in Travis Country are already administering the updated boosters. 
 

COVID-19

Austin-Travis County's COVID-19 Community Level is currently LOW.
 
How is the updated COVID19 booster different than the original one? The updated booster helps to fight off a wider range of variants. cdc.gov/coronavirus
 

RESPIRATORY SYNCYTIAL VIRUS

RSV is a lung infection caused by a virus. Although it can affect anyone, RSV is generally considered as the most frequent cause of lower respiratory tract infections in infants and young children. For more information, CLICK HERE.
 
Symptoms of RSV. Here is what you need to watch for this RSV season. Cough that gets worse and breathing that causes their ribcage to "cave-in." Wheezing or rapid breathing and bluish skin, lips, or fingertips. Mucus that is yellow, green or gey and so thick that clogs thier nose and lungs, making it hard to breathe. Fever that is more than 101 Fahrenheit which is especially dangerous for babies younger than 3 months. RSV can e deadly if your baby has these symptoms, don't wait. Get help. RSV is a really serious virus.

MONKEYPOX

 
Monkeypox is a viral disease that can be spread between people or between people and certain animals. For more information, CLICK HERE.
 
Monkeypox. Talk to a health care provider about monkeypox. If you have a new or unexplained rash, which may appear similar to pimples or blisters. You may have a fever, or chills at the same time. If you have possibly had close contact with someone with monkeypox. www.austintexas.gov/department/monkeypox
 
COVID-19 Risk-Based Guidelines Chart
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Austin ASL COVID Hotline All your COVID questions answered directly in ASL VP 737 304 6560 COVID.CSD.org/atx
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