With influenza season around the corner, Dallas County Health and Human Services is offering the seasonal flu vaccine for adults.
DCHHS is following guidelines from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) to begin offering the flu vaccine as soon as it becomes available in the community.
DCHHS said they're awaiting shipment of the children's flu vaccine and will begin distributing that later.
"Now is the time for everyone to get their flu shot while it is early in the season," said Zachary Thompson, DCHHS director. "We want our residents to protect themselves and their families by being vaccinated before flu season spikes."
The CDC recommends the flu vaccine as the best means of flu prevention for almost everyone except children younger than 6 months of age. The flu vaccine DCHHS provides is an all-in-one shot that protects against multiple flu strains including the H1N1 virus.
Once vaccinated, it can take up to two weeks for people to develop the antibodies needed to provide protection from the virus.
In addition to getting the flu shot, DCHHS encourages everyone to practice cough and sneeze etiquette along with proper hand-washing. DCHHS has flu prevention materials on its website available for the public to download.
Residents can get the flu shot at 2377 N. Stemmons Freeway in Dallas, Monday through Friday from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. The cost is $20 and if the adult is covered by Medicare, the vaccine is free. For more information, call 214-819-2162.