Galveston County and Cities – The flu season is ramping up in Texas and officials with the Galveston County Health district report that is also the case in Galveston and surrounding counties.
The District’s Epidemiology Services is monitoring reports of flu cases with severe pulmonary complications, and reminding people who haven’t gotten a flu shot yet this season not to put if off any longer.
According to GCHD local medical providers have been reporting an increase in flu-like illness. Dr. Mark Guidry, Galveston County Health Authority says, “Getting vaccinated is the best way for people to protect themselves and their families from flu.”
Flu is a serious disease that kills an average of 23,600 Americans a year, according to estimates from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.
GCHD recommends everyone six months old and older get vaccinated. People over 65, pregnant women, young children and people with chronic health conditions are most at risk for complications, so it’s especially important for them to be vaccinated.
Flu vaccinations are available in the District’s three immunizations 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 and also Blue Cross Blue Shield.
The flu vaccination is the best protection but there are other things a person can do to prevent illness; cover all coughs and sneezes, wash hands frequently with soap and water or use hand sanitizer, and stay home if sick.
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.
(News Media: For more information contact Kurt Koopmann, GCHD Public Information Officer, 409-938-2211 or