This morning, Dallas County Commissioners Court was informed by Dallas County Health and Human Services (DCHHS) that insured families were experiencing difficulties in finding available flu vaccine for their children in Dallas County.
Director Zachary Thompson said there was a sufficient supply of children’s vaccine at their location at 2377 North Stemmons Freeway in Dallas but that is only available for the uninsured due to federal regulations.
Dallas County Judge Clay Jenkins has been in communications with Texas Commissioner of Department of State Health Services (DSHS) Dr. David Lakey throughout the day in an effort to secure additional vaccine for use in Dallas County. Dr. Lakey has been working with his staff to get the most up to date situational report and make necessary provisions. DSHS has been working with DCHHS throughout the month to provide vaccine to Dallas County.
Moments ago, Dr. Lakey informed Judge Jenkins that an additional 2,000 doses is being made available immediately to Dallas County for distribution to providers.
Jenkins said, “Dallas County continues to work to make sure our residents have the needed resources to protect themselves and their families from this flu outbreak. I want to thank Dr. Lakey and his team at DSHS. Time and time again, Dr. Lakey and DSHS have responded with speed and effectiveness. I also want to recognize Director Thompson, Dr. Perkins, and the others responsible for identifying this need in real time.”
DSHS provides more information on the flu, including a vaccine finder, at TexasFlu.org.
Judge Clay Jenkins
Director, Dallas County Health & Human Services