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The Coastal Wave 

The Coastal Wave is the monthly newsletter of Coastal Health & Wellness.

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No-Cost Flu Shot Schedule: Week of February 5, 2018

Post Date:02/05/2018 7:47 AM

Picture of syringe drawing flu vaccine from vile 

GALVESTON COUNTY, Texas – The Galveston County Health District (GCHD) continues to offer no cost flu vaccine at its immunization clinic and several off-site locations. More than 1,300 no-cost flu vaccines have been administered by GCHD since the effort started in late December.

Flu vaccines will be available at the following locations during the week of February 5, 2018.

  • Monday, February 5, 2018
    • 8 a.m.-5 p.m.: GCHD Immunization Clinic, 9850-B Emmett F. Lowry Expressway, Suite B-104, Texas City
    • 10 a.m.-1 p.m.: Bacliff Volunteer Fire Department, 600 Grand Avenue, Bacliff
  • Tuesday, February 6, 2018
    • 8 a.m.-7 p.m.: GCHD Immunization Clinic, 9850-B Emmett F. Lowry Expressway, Suite B-104, Texas City
  • Wednesday February 7, 2018
    • 8 a.m.-5 p.m.: GCHD Immunization Clinic, 9850-B Emmett F. Lowry Expressway, Suite B-104, Texas City
  • Thursday, February 8, 2018
    • 8 a.m.-5 p.m.: GCHD Immunization Clinic, 9850-B Emmett F. Lowry Expressway, Suite B-104, Texas City
    • 1:30 p.m.-3:30 p.m.: College of the Mainland Technical Vocational Building, 1200 N Amburn Road, Room T1150, Texas City
  • Friday, February 9, 2018
    • 8 a.m.-5 p.m.: GCHD Immunization Clinic, 9850-B Emmett F. Lowry Expressway, Suite B-104, Texas City

So far this flu season, 3,998 confirmed cases of the flu have been reported to GCHD, compared to just 654 during the same period last season. Although the flu is not a condition healthcare providers are required to report to their local health department, reported cases are a good indication of the overall trend.

People 6-months and older should be vaccinated for the flu. Vaccination is especially important for certain high-risk groups. People 65 and older, pregnant women, young children and those with chronic health conditions are at higher risk for serious complications or even death if they get the flu.

Symptoms of the flu include fever, chills, cough, sore throat, runny nose, body aches, headaches and fatigue. People with a combination of these symptoms should promptly see their medical provider.

In addition to vaccination, people should help stop the spread of the flu and other illness by covering all coughs and sneezes, washing their hands frequently, disinfecting commonly touched surfaces and staying at home when sick.

While flu spreads every year, the timing, severity, and length of the season varies from one year to another. Flu outbreaks typically happen as early as October and can last as late as May.

GCHD has offered the flu vaccine at no cost at is immunization clinic since late December 2017, in addition to several off-site clinics.

For more information on the flu and future no-cost clinics, visit www.gchdorg/flu.  

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