NORTH TEXAS (CBSDFW.COM) — As North Texas deals with one of the worst outbreaks of flu in years, schools are dealing with an increased pressure to keep germs from spreading.

Around the area schools say they are continuing their campaigns to fight the flu and help students stay healthy.

Some efforts started back in the Fall, which is also the best time to get vaccinated.

Districts are taking the following precautions:

  • Posters about proper hand washing, covering coughs and sneezes
  • Vaccinations clinics for employees
  • Hand sanitizers in classrooms
  • Nurse presentations in classrooms
  • Newsletters for parents

Some hospitals, like Cook Children’s Medical Center in Fort Worth, say they are seeing more than 600 children a day because of the flu and increases in whooping cough and RSV.

Doctors say, besides getting the flu vaccine, the best way to protect yourself is to cover your cough and sneeze, wash your hands and disinfect surfaces around your home. Some also recommended wearing a face mask.

If you plan to get a flu shot, call your pharmacy and talk to someone. Many are almost out of the vaccine despite recordings saying they still have a supply.

Both Tarrant and Dallas County Health Departments have the flu shot available.

Differences in symptoms between the cold and flu can be hard to spot. Symptoms of the flu usually hit sooner and with more intensity than a cold; you can read a breakdown of symptoms here.

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