It's Not Too Late to get a Flu Shot
Vaccines Available at Health District
CORPUS CHRISTI, TX - Although influenza (Flu) season is already underway, it is not too late to receive the Flu vaccine. Influenza is a contagious disease caused by one of a number of related viruses. Flu symptoms may include fever, cough, sore throat, runny or stuffy nose, body aches and fatigue. The onset of symptoms is sudden and people should stay home until at least 24 hours after their fever is gone. People experiencing symptoms are encouraged to seek treatment promptly. Antiviral drugs may shorten the duration or lessen the severity of the flu if started within 48 hours of the onset of symptoms.
People can help stop the spread of flu by getting vaccinated. The Corpus Christi Nueces County Public Health District is recommending receiving the flu vaccine if you have not received it. Dr. William D. Burgin, Local Health Authority, reminds citizens to “cover coughs or sneezes and to immediately wash hands with soap and water.” He also reminds residents that it is crucial to stay away from sick people as much as possible and stay at home if you begin to feel sick.
Information published on the efficacy of the flu vaccine should not deter residents from receiving the vaccine, but rather encourage residents to receive it. The Flu vaccine protects from various different types of flu and reduces chances of becoming ill. In the past three years, peak Flu season for the Nueces County has occurred late January to mid-February. The vaccine takes about two weeks post vaccination to get full coverage, so it is of essence to receive the vaccination now to get the full protection of the Flu vaccine during peak flu season.
Residents can find out where flu vaccines are available at www.texasflu.org or by contacting their health care provider. Additionally, the Corpus Christi-Nueces County Public Health District located at 1702 Horne Road, Corpus Christi, TX, 78416 (phone number 361-826-7200) still has Flu vaccines and encourages residents to come, doctor prescription is not required. The Health District offers pediatric (Six months of age and older), quadrivalent (protects against four flu viruses) and high dose flu vaccine recommended for persons 65 or older. The cost is $20 per vaccine. Cash, check, or Visa cards are accepted.