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January 8, 2014

It’s not too late

Parker Co. Health District says it has plenty of flu doses available and time is still right to get one

From Staff Reports

Haven’t had a flu shot but still want to get one? Especially in light of reports of increased cases and some flu-related deaths?

Not to worry. The Parker County Health District still has plenty of flu doses available.

The district says it has provided 12,500 vaccinations since September with its “Say Shoo to the Flu” campaign. Flu shots were given to children in most of the county’s school districts as well as clinics staged throughout the county.

“Many people took advantage of the vaccine being available early, but it is not too late to get vaccinated,” said PCHD Marketing Director Kathleen Durham. “Anyone who has not yet been vaccinated can still receive one. Vaccination is the single most important step you can take to protect yourself and others against infection."

According to the Center for Disease Control, flu season typically peaks in February and can last as late as May.

According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, Texas is one of six states with high activity of influenza-like illnesses. About 95 percent of the Texas influenza cases are reportedly H1N1, also known as the swine flu.

Durham said even if you did not receive a shot and have had the flu, you can still be vaccinated to avoid contracting another flu strain.

“We recommend it,” she said. “They can get (the flu) again.”

While a shot doesn’t guarantee the recipient will not get the flu, Durham said, “it will keep you from getting it as bad as you would without the shot.”

The Parker County Hospital District Outreach Program offers the flu vaccine to children 6 months and older at no cost and adults pay $15. Residents can file some commercial insurance along with Medicare.

Durham said people without insurance requesting a shot will receive one.

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