The vaccine is $20, but is free to adults covered by Medicare.
DCHHS Director Zachary Thompson encouraged everyone to get a flu shot now, before the flu season gets into full swing, and to “practice flu prevention recommendations.”
Those recommendations include cough and sneeze etiquette along with proper hand-washing. DCHHS hasmore information on preventing the flu at its website, available for download.
Thompson said DCHHS is following guidelines from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention to begin offering the flu vaccine as soon as it becomes available in the community. CDC recommends the flu vaccine as the best means of flu prevention for almost everyone except children younger than 6 months of age and people who have severe allergies to eggs.
The flu vaccine DCHHS provides is an all-in-one shot that protects against multiple flu strains including the H1N1 virus.
Dr. Christopher Perkins, DCHHS medical director/health authority, urged parents to get children over 6 months vaccinated as soon as possible. He noted that it takes about two weeks for the body to develop the antibodies necessary to protect against the flu.
The flu vaccine is available Monday-Friday from 8 a.m.-4 p.m. For more information call 214-819-2163.