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Prepare for flu season

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  • By TSgt Silvia Garcia
  • 82 AMDS/SGPM
The Flu season is upon us and is hitting areas in Texas and other states rapidly; however, it is not too late to get your Flu vaccine for this season. The Flu vaccine is one of the best ways that people can protect themselves and their families from the flu and potential complications.
Influenza also known as flu is a highly contagious respiratory illness caused by a virus. Certain people are at greater risk for serious complications if they get the flu. This includes elderly, young children, pregnant women and people with certain medical conditions such as asthma, diabetes, or heart disease. The Center of Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) recommends that everyone at least 6 months and older be vaccinated.

Flu vaccinations are still being offered at the Immunizations clinic: Monday- Friday 0730-1630, closed every 1st Wednesday of the month at 1200.

Please be aware of the new vaccination requirements for children: children 9 years and under must receive two doses of flu vaccine with H1N1 strain in it after 2009, if not they will be required to have a booster within 30 days after this season's vaccine.

For more information please contact Public Health at 676-3052 or the Immunizations clinic at 676-3757.