Health information

Influenza (flu)

Influenza (flu) is a common but contagious respiratory illness caused by a virus.  Influenza can cause a wide range of symptoms from mild to serious in nature. 

  • The flu is spread by tiny droplets made by people coughing, sneezing, or talking while they have the flu.

  • Symptoms start suddenly and may include a fever, cough, sore throat, runny nose, body aches, and fatigue. Young children may vomit or have diarrhea.

  • It tends to be seasonal and flares up in the fall and winter.

Garland ISD takes the flu very seriously. We have doubled our efforts of cleanliness in preparation for the flu, using e-misting systems that disinfect hard to reach surfaces as well as helping students learn proper handwashing and “catch your cough and sneeze” techniques. 

Vaccinations keep you healthy

The best way to prevent the flu is through vaccination. 

We have provided multiple opportunities for families to get the flu vaccine at a free or minimal cost through our district and area clinics.

Stay healthy and protect your family by getting your vaccinations today.

Review the following documents for important heath information. Keep in mind that the information about viruses is provided for information only and does not indicate an outbreak in our area.

Strep throat / Sore throat


Heat-Related Illness

Pink Eye/ Conjunctivitis

Lice / Pediculosis

Staph / Methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus Aureus (MRSA)



West Nile Virus

Enterovirus D68

Pertussis (Whooping Cough)

Tuberculosis (TB)

Bacterial Meningitis

Zika Virus