2024 Texas DSHS Respiratory Disease Conference

2024 Influenza and Respiratory Disease ConferenceThe Texas Department of State Health Services Emerging and Acute Infectious Disease Unit, Influenza Surveillance Team is excited to once again host the Influenza and Respiratory Disease Conference for our public health colleagues and partners (a free event).

The past year has seen a multitude of changes and continued interests in respiratory diseases surveillance. Most notably are changes to covid-19 disease reporting, the emergence of H5N1 in dairy cattle, and implementation of new prevention products for RSV. This, along with many other changes and advancements, have highlighted both the ever changing landscape as well as the need for continued effective multi-sectoral and multi-jurisdictional collaboration and partnership.

Our goal this year is to shine a light on those cooperative efforts and to provide the opportunity to strengthen ongoing connections and build new partnerships while also encouraging discussions and innovations to improve our respiratory surveillance in the State.

We hope you’ll join us in our efforts to continuously improve our approaches, ideas, and work in keeping Texans healthy and safe!

Date: August 7th-9th

Wednesday - August 7, 2024


August 7th, 2024

2024 Flu & Respiratory Disease Conference

J. J. Pickle Commons Conference Center

1:00 pm – 5:00 pm

Tabletop Exercise

Thursday - August 8, 2024


August 8th, 2024

2024 Flu & Respiratory Disease Conference

J. J. Pickle Commons Conference Center

8:00 am – 9:00 am

Registration & Check-in

9:10 am – 9:50 am

Opening Plenary: Avian Influenza (H5N1) Epizootic – Texas, 2024

10:00 am – 10:40 am

Identifying Key Facilities for Texas Influenza Surveillance

10:05 am – 10:45 am

CSTE Position Statement and change for COVID-19

10:10 am – 10:50 am

Tales From the Field: Regional Veterinary Perspective: HPAI Outbreak Investigation

11:00 am – 11:40 am

Enhanced Respiratory Illness Surveillance along the West Texas-Mexico Border

11:05 am – 11:45 am

Respiratory Vaccine Illness and Surveillance

11:10 am – 11:50 am

Reflections on Our First Year as an Influenza Sequencing Center

1:40 pm – 2:20 pm

Influenza 101 - An Overview of Influenza Surveillance Reporting and Processing

1:50 pm – 2:30 pm

How "Bird Flu" has Affected Dairies

2:00 pm – 2:40 pm

LRN Submissions Breakout Session

3:00 pm – 4:00 pm

Region 1 - H5 Response

4:15 pm – 5:00 pm

Networking Event

Friday - August 9, 2024


August 9th, 2024

2024 Flu & Respiratory Disease Conference

J. J. Pickle Commons Conference Center

8:00 am – 8:30 am

Registration & Check-in

8:30 am – 9:10 am

COVID-19 Surveillance in Texas: Evolving Trends and What’s Changed

8:35 am – 9:15 am

Wastewater-Based Monitoring of Respiratory Diseases

8:40 am – 9:20 am

Texas A&M Veterinary Medical Diagnostic Lab (TVMDL) Talk

9:30 am – 10:10 am

Novel Influenza: Reporting Deep Dive

9:35 am – 10:15 am

Measles Overview: 2023

9:40 am – 10:20 am

Submitting Specimens Successfully to the DSHS Austin Laboratory

10:40 am – 11:30 am

Closing Plenary