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” said Dr. Mark Guidry Galveston County Health Authority. ”For some at higher risk it brings flu complications hospitalization and even death. A simple flu shot is your best protection.”

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 keeping hands away from face — especially eyes nose and mouth and teaching children to wash their hands properly.


Who Should Get A Shot

The national Centers for Disease Control and Prevention advises that everyone 6 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; and

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.


Costs And Details

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

A complete detailed list of who should get vaccinated is available on the CDC’s website at www.cdc.govfluprotectwhoshouldvax.htm. For information visit www.gchd.orgchnIMM.htmor call 409-938-2244.


When And Where To Get Flu Shots In Galveston County

The health district will have public flu shot clinics at the following times and places:

10 a.m. to 11 a.m. today at McKinney Memorial Methodist Church 1607 Nashby in La Marque;

10 a.m. to 11 a.m. Wednesday at Bacliff Community Center 4503 11th St. in Bacliff;

10 a.m. to noon Oct. 10 at Wayne Johnson Community Center in Carbide Park 4102 Main St. La Marque;

11 a.m. to noon Oct. 11 at Dickinson Senior Center 2714 state Highway 3 in Dickinson;

12:30 p.m. to 1:30 p.m. Oct. 11 at the League City Senior Center 450 W. Walker St. in League City;

10 a.m. to noon Oct. 17 at the Friendswood Activity Center 416 Morningside Drive in Friendswood;

11 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Oct. 18 at the Nessler Center 2010 Fifth Ave. N. in Texas City;

10 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. Oct. 19 at the Holland House 2810 61st St. in Galveston; and

1 p.m. to 2:30 p.m. Oct. 19 at Gulf Breeze 1211 21st St. in 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 in:

Galveston 4700 Broadway; 8 a.m. to noon or 1 p.m. to 5 p.m. Mondays and 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. or 3 p.m. to 7 p.m. Wednesdays;

Texas City 9850-B Emmett F. Lowry Expressway; 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Mondays Wednesdays Thursdays and Fridays and 8 a.m. to 7 p.m. Tuesdays; and

Dickinson 3411 Gulf Freeway; 8 a.m. to noon or 1 p.m. to 5 p.m. Tuesdays Thursdays and Fridays.

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