Renae Crutchfield, Public Information Officer
214.819.6329 (office) 214.394.8109 (cell)
Ganesh Shivaramaiyer, Interim Director
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
DCHHS protects the homeless with seasonal flu vaccine
DALLAS (March 1, 2018) – As Dallas County Health and Human Services’ (DCHHS) mobile immunization clinic travels throughout the county providing free flu vaccines, DCHHS extends mobile services to those least likely to be vaccinated - the homeless. DCHHS’ mobile immunization clinic will travel to the Salvation Army today to provide free flu vaccines to the homeless at 5302 Harry Hines Blvd in Dallas from 9 a.m. to 11 a.m.
DCHHS has designated 100 vaccines to use for this initiative and will have public health educators on site to discuss transmission of the virus and increased flu activity in Dallas County.
“It is not to late too receive a flu vaccine. Our community partners have extended flu shots to local homeless shelters; however, many still have not been vaccinated,” said Ganesh Shivaramaiyer, DCHHS Interim Director. “It is our intention to contribute to address homelessness in Dallas County by creating better opportunities for access to public health services”.
Influenza activity in Dallas County remains high with 72 flu-related deaths reported this season. The single best way to prevent seasonal flu is to get vaccinated each year; however, good health habits like covering your cough and washing your hands often can help stop the spread of germs and prevent respiratory illnesses like the flu.
DCHHS is also extending free flu vaccines at the following DCHHS clinics while supplies last.
- Main DCHHS Building 2377 North Stemmons Freeway, Dallas, Texas 75207
- John West Branch Immunization Clinic 3312 N. Buckner Blvd. Suite 200 Dallas, TX 75228
- Irving Branch Immunization Clinic 440 S. Nursery Rd. Irving, TX 75060
- Oak Cliff Branch Immunization Clinic 1113 E. Jefferson Boulevard, Suite, 200 Dallas, TX 75203
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) recommends a yearly flu vaccine for all persons aged 6 months and older, with rare exception. Individuals should discuss flu vaccine concerns with a health care provider. The flu vaccine DCHHS provides is an all-in-one shot that protects against multiple flu strains including the H1N1virus. The children’s vaccine is available at all DCHHS immunization clinics. Clinic hours are from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. Monday through Friday. For more information call 214-819-2162 or visit www.dallascounty.org/department/hhs/influenza.html