Flu Season Is Not Over: Get Vaccinated
Influenza (also known as the flu) is a contagious respiratory illness caused by the influenza virus that infects the nose, throat, and lungs. It usually comes on suddenly, can cause mild to severe illness, with symptoms that can range from fever, chills, sore- throat, and cough to headaches, muscle or body aches, tiredness, and vomiting/diarrhea (this is more common in children than adults). Potential complications of the flu are pneumonia, bronchitis, sinus and ear infections. The flu also makes chronic health problems worse. These complications can be minor but some can advance to a life-threatening state and result in death. There have been 20 pediatric influenza-associated deaths in Texas during the 2012-2013 influenza season. Influenza can be prevented by getting a flu vaccine each year.
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) recommends that everyone at least 6 months of age and older be vaccinated against the seasonal flu. The best way to prevent the flu from spreading is by getting an annual flu vaccine. Vaccines take about two weeks to take effect and provide protection against the influenza virus. To prevent spreading the flu remember to always cover all coughs and sneezes, wash hands often with soap and water, utilize hand sanitizer, and stay home if sick.
Where to get vaccinated?
You can get a flu vaccination at your doctor’s office, local clinic/health department, pharmacy, urgent care, and many employers offer them annually.
Fort Bend County Clinical Health Services is providing flu vaccines for adults 19 and older for $15 and vaccines for uninsured children 18 years and under for $10. Fully insured children should see their physician for vaccine needs. Pregnant women should consult with their primary care physician first before seeking immunization services. Vaccines will be provided until supplies run out.
For more information call Clinical Health Services at 281-342-6414
For more information about the flu, prevention, and vaccination, visit the CDC’s flu website at: http://www.cdc.gov/flu
The Department of Health & Human Services is Fort Bend County's principal agency for protecting the health of county residents and providing essential human services, especially for those who are least able to help themselves. The Department includes seven subordinate departments, covering a wide spectrum of activities .
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