Vaccination Important as Flu Season Approaches

Seasonal Flu Vaccine Available at GCHD Immunization Clinic and Coastal Health & Wellness

Post Date:09/23/2016 8:10 AM

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GALVESTON COUNTY, Texas – This year’s seasonal flu vaccines is now available at the Galveston County Health District (GCHD) Immunization Clinic and both Coastal Health & Wellness locations.

            “Cooler fall temperatures are just around the corner and that’s the perfect reminder that it’s time to protect yourself, your family and community from the flu by getting vaccinated,” said Eileen Dawley, GCHD chief nursing officer. “Getting the shot before the peak of the season is best because it can take as long as three weeks to develop an immunity after receiving the vaccine.”

            GCHD encourages everyone 6-months and older be vaccinated for the flu season. 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.

People need to be vaccinated each year because researchers determine which flu viruses are most likely to spread that year and formulate the vaccine to protect against them. Getting vaccinated now will provide protection throughout the flu season.

“Getting your annual seasonal flu vaccine remains the best protection against the flu and its adverse consequences,” Dawley continued.

The flu vaccine is available at the GCHD Immunization Clinic located at 9850-B Emmett F. Lowry Expressway in Texas City. The clinic is walk-in and open Monday through Friday from 8 a.m. until 5 p.m. with hours extended until 7 p.m. on Tuesdays. Flu shots are $34 each. Medicare and Blue Cross Blue Shield, sash, check, debit and credit cards are accepted. Cash prices are available for self-pay. More information is available by calling (409) 949-3459.

The vaccine is also available by-appointment to registered patients at the Texas City and Galveston Coastal Health & Wellness locations. For registration or appointment information, please call (409) 938-2234 or (281) 309-0255.

In addition to getting vaccinated, 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 can happen as early as October and can last as late as May.

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