Prevent illness this flu season with a flu shot

Published 09/26/2012

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The Galveston County Health District is reminding everyone that the old saying about an ounce of prevention being worth a pound of cure is especially true when it comes to influenza. The "ounce of prevention" is a flu shot which is the best way to prevent the flu.

"There are no sure predictions about this year's flu season, but we do know the season will bring illness, inconvenience, and missed work. For some at higher risk, it brings flu complications, hospitalization, and even death," said Dr. Mark Guidry, Galveston County Health Authority. "A simple flu shot is your best protection."

The national Centers for Disease Control and Prevention advises that everyone six months of age and older get the shot, which becomes effective against several strains of influenza about two weeks after inoculation. It is especially important for some people to get vaccinated.

People who have certain medical conditions including asthma, diabetes, and chronic lung disease

Pregnant women

People 65 years and older

People who live with or care for others who are high risk of developing serious complication such as household contacts and caregivers of people with asthma, diabetes, and chronic lung disease

GCHD will host public flu shot clinics at the following locations on the dates and times listed:

October 2nd, 10 a.m. to 11 a.m., McKinney Memorial Methodist Church, 1607 Nashby, La Marque;

October 3rd, 10 a.m. to 11 a.m., Bacliff Community Center, 4503 11th Street, Bacliff;

October 10th, 10 a.m. - 12 noon, Wayne Johnson Community Center (Carbide Park), 4102 Main Street, La Marque;

October 11th, 11 a.m. - 12 noon, Dickinson Senior Center, 2714 Hwy 3, Dickinson;

October 11th, 12:30 p.m. - 1:30 p.m., League City Senior Center, 450 W. Walker, League City;

October 17th, 10 a.m. - 12 noon, Friendswood Activity Center, 416 Morningside Drive, Friendswood;

October 18th, 11 a.m. - 12:30 p.m., Nessler Center, 2010 5th Ave North, Texas City;

October 19th, 10 a.m. - 11:30 a.m., Holland House, 2810 61st Street, Galveston;

October 19th, 1 p.m. - 2:30 p.m., Gulf Breeze, 1211 21st Street, Galveston.

For those unable to attend one of the community flu shot clinics the Health District is also offering shots throughout the flu season at their immunization clinics located in:

Galveston, 4700 Broadway; Monday 8 a.m. - 12 noon and 1 p.m. - 5 p.m.; Wednesday 10 a.m. - 2 p.m. and 3 p.m. - 7p.m.

Texas City, 9850-B Emmett F. Lowry Expressway; Monday, Wednesday, Thursday & Friday 8 a.m. - 5 p.m.; Tuesday 8 a.m. - 7 p.m.

Dickinson, 3411 Gulf Freeway; Tuesday, Thursday & Friday, 8 a.m. - 12 noon and 1 p.m. - 5 p.m.

Flu shots are $20 each, and staff will accept Medicare cards for reimbursement

The flu virus spreads person to person through respiratory droplets from nasal secretions and coughing. Flu can also be contracted from touching a surface an infected person has touched. As such, health officials recommend frequent hand washing with soap and hot water, use of sanitizers when hand washing is not possible, staying home when sick, maintaining personal space away from other people, coughing or sneezing into an elbow or using a tissue and properly disposing of it immediately, keep hands away from face - especially eyes, nose and mouth, and teach children to wash their hands properly.

A complete detailed list of who should get vaccinated is available on the CDC's website at www.cdc.gov/flu/protect/whoshouldvax.htm . For additional information on GCHD's immunization services visit their website at www.gchd.org/chn/IMM.htm , or call (409) 938-2244.