Flu shots available in Oak Lawn

The flu vaccine is available in Oak Lawn

Flu shots are available.

According to the Centers for Disease Control, this year’s vaccine includes protection for swine flu (H1N1) and two other influenza viruses (H3N2 virus and an influenza B virus). It is an inactivated vaccine (containing killed virus), which means you cannot get the flu from the shot. However, side effects include soreness, redness or swelling where the shot is given, low-grade fever and aches.

Although the vaccine is recommended for everyone, two groups the CDC says should get protected are:

  1. People 50 years of age and older
  2. People of any age with certain chronic medical conditions (which includes people with HIV)

Those who should not get the vaccine:

  • People who have a severe allergy to chicken eggs.
  • People who have had a severe reaction to an influenza vaccination.
  • People who developed Guillain-Barre syndrome within six weeks of getting an influenza vaccine.
  • Children less than 6 months of age (influenza vaccine is not approved for this age group)
  • People who have a moderate-to-severe illness with a fever (they should wait until they recover to get vaccinated.)

This year the shots are widely available and are offered at both doctors’ offices and retail locations. (Last year, Oak Lawn area doctors were reporting trouble in obtaining the vaccine).

Among Oak Lawn retailers offering the vaccine:

Walgreens

3802 Cedar Springs Road at Oak Lawn: Walk-ins welcome. Available 24 hours a day.

3418 McKinney Ave. at Lemmon: Walk-ins welcome. Easiest when the most pharmacists are on duty from 11 a.m. to 7 p.m.

CVS

Go to website to find when flu clinics taking walk-ins are available at any store.

4207 Lemmon Ave. at Douglas: Best to call to make sure pharmacist is available. 214-528-0328. She will be in Mon. Oct. 4 from 3 p.m.-10 p.m.; Tues. Oct. 5 from 8 a.m.-3 p.m.

5659 Lemmon Ave. at Inwood: Call anytime to schedule appointment. 214-252-0121.

—  David Taffet

Get well, Tammy Baldwin

U.S. Rep. Tammy Baldwin
U.S. Rep. Tammy Baldwin

As Congress continues to debate health care reform, lesbian U.S. Rep. Tammy Baldwin from Wisconsin has sit out some of the fight — because she has swine flu.

WISN.com
, an ABC affiliate, reported last Friday, Dec. 11, that Baldwin had been holed up in her D.C. apartment all week, trying to recover from H1N1, and to avoid spreading the virus to anyone else.

Baldwin told the station that she was feeling better and hoped “to be back to full strength very soon.”

Well, best wishes Congresswoman. Hope you are feeling better and back on the Hill soon.

If you want to see about getting the H1N1 vaccine here in North Texas, call the Dallas County Department of Health and Human Services at 214-819-2000 or the Tarrant County Public Health Department at 817-321-4700.

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