As the flu threat rises in North Texas, Dallas County Health and Human Services offers free flu vaccines. [[351344881,C]]
The seasonal flu vaccine is free for all uninsured and low-income Dallas County residents.
Seasonal vaccines for adults are available at the DCHHS headquarters in the 2300 block of North Stemmons Freeway. Vaccines for children are available at any county immunization clinic.
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Clinic hours are from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. weekdays. Walk-ins are welcome. For more information, call 214-819-2162.
DCHHS director Zachary Thompson said 51 people have already tested positive for the flu, seven of which had to be hospitalized.
"We have not received any reports of flu-related deaths, but we know the virus is circulating in the community," he said.
There were 3 child and 55 adult flu-related deaths in Dallas County during the 2013-14 flu season and 19 adult deaths last season, according to a DCHHS news release.
"The flu vaccine is the best form of protection against the flu virus, which is why we are encouraging everyone to get the vaccine if they haven't already," DCHHS Medical Director Dr. Christopher Perkins said.