DCHHS offering adult flu vaccines now

Screen shot 2015-09-01 at 11.46.36 AMDallas County Health and Human Services is offering the seasonal flu vaccine for adults at the DCHHS main clinic at 2377 N. Stemmons Freeway. DCHHS is awaiting shipment of the children’s vaccine.

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.

—  Tammye Nash

Health officials recommend flu shots for everyone — especially those with HIV

Parkland hospital sent a news release this morning encouraging everyone to get flu shots. Dallas County health officials are noticing a higher rate of flu-related hospitalizations than last year.

Dallas County has not reached the peak of flu season so getting a vaccination can still help prevent illness. The predominant strain of flu this year is H3N2, which is more severe than last year’s H1N1 virus.

Parkland’s Chief of Infection Prevention Dr. Pranavi Sreeramoju said the best way to reduce your risk of getting the flu is by receiving the flu vaccine. He said H3N2 causes more severe illness, more hospitalizations and more complications.

The Centers for Disease Control is recommending that all people over the age of six months receive the vaccine. But groups at special risk are people over the age of 65 and people with compromised immune systems, including people with HIV.

Walgreens on the corner of Oak Lawn and Cedar Springs has flu shots available.

Resource Center Dallas’ Nelson-Tebedo Clinic is offering flu shots for $20. Call ahead to make an appointment, Monday through Saturday but not Tuesday at 214-528-2336.

—  David Taffet

Flu vaccines widely available throughout DFW area


Dallas County has received 530,000 doses of the H1N1 vaccine to date. The vaccine is now available to all residents.

“Because of the improving vaccine supply and recent indications of decreasing demand for vaccine in the priority group populations in our community, DCHHS is now extending the offer of H1N1 vaccine to all Dallas County residents who desire to receive the vaccine,” said a post on the Dallas County web site.

The county recommends people in certain priority groups get the vaccine. Those groups are:

• Pregnant women

• People who live with or care for children younger than 6 months of age

• Healthcare and emergency medical services personnel

• Persons between the ages of 6 months and 24 years old

• People ages of 25 through 64 years of age who have chronic health disorders

Bret Camp of the Nelson Tebedo Health Resource Center said that last group includes people with HIV.

Flu vaccine is usually recommended for people over the age of 50, but H1N1 has not particularly hit that group hard yet this year. Researchers suspect that older people may have some immunity from an earlier, related strain of the virus.

Tarrant and Collin counties also report sufficient stockpiles of the vaccine to offer to all of their county residents.проверка поисковых запросов

—  David Taffet