Flu season here, vaccines in stock
DCHHS is offering flu vaccines for adults and children. Individuals can come to the main location on Stemmons Freeway Monday - Friday from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. to get a flu shot. The vaccine is free for children who are eligible for Texas Vaccines for Children. The cost is $20 for adults.
DCHHS urges residents to get their flu shot early in the season while there are plenty of vaccines available.
“We have a large supply, but the interest to get it appears to be low,” said DCHHS Director Zachary Thompson. “Getting your shot early in the season is best before the virus begins circulating in the community.”
Flu season is generally from October to May with the peak being between December and
DCHHS Medical Director/Health Authority Dr. Christopher Perkins encourages everyone to
get vaccinated as soon as possible. “The flu shot is the best form of protection against the flu virus,” he said.
Among the 9,700 positive flu cases reported in Dallas County during the 2013-14 flu season, there were 55 adult and 3 pediatric flu-related deaths. In 2011, more than 53,000 people died from flu-associated causes in the United States.
Dr. Perkins, left, receives his flu vaccine every year and encourages Dallas County residents to do the same.