Every flu season is different, and influenza infection can affect people differently. The “flu season” in the United States can begin as early as October and last as late as May. During this time, flu viruses are circulating in the population. An annual flu vaccine is the best way to reduce the chance of getting seasonal flu and spreading it to others.
Good hygiene habits help prevent infection, too. Wash your hands often and cover your coughs and sneezes. It’s best to use a tissue and quickly throw it away. If you don’t have a tissue, you should cough or sneeze into your upper sleeve, not your hands. This will prevent the spread of germs.
Influenza vaccine facts:
• You can’t get the “flu” from the influenza vaccine.
• Children 6 months and older need a flu vaccine every year.
• A nasal-spray vaccine can be given to healthy children and adults (2 – 49 years old).
• Children younger than 9 years old who are getting influenza vaccine for the first time need two doses.
• Ask for the high-dose influenza vaccine if you are 65 years or older.
If you have not yet received a flu vaccination this season, please contact the Garland Public Health Clinic at 972-205-3370.
The mission of the Clinical Services Department is to provide basic public health services - including immunizations and well-child exams and surveillance, investigation, and control services related to communicable diseases, directed primarily towards the city’s medically needy population. These services allow for increased community-wide immunity from vaccine-preventable diseases and serve to identify and aid in early intervention with growth and developmental problems among children. Failure to provide these services would require that Garland residents seek these services elsewhere or simply go without proper care.
Low-cost immunizations administered by specially trained registered nurses are available year round for all ages at the Clinical Services location in Garland. Clinical Services is also an approved administration site for travel vaccines, including the Yellow Fever vaccine.
Along with child and adult immunizations, the clinic provides well-child Texas Health Steps exams, communicable disease surveillance and prophylaxis, tuberculosis screening, perinatal Hepatitis B case management/monitoring, population assessments, and education of providers and the community about the State’s immunization registry ImmTrac.
Nursing staff also oversee the proper storage, handling, and administration of vaccines by Garland providers in the Texas Vaccines for Children program.
Staff nurses are available to provide health education to the entire community. Along with on-site clinical services, they offer back-to-school clinics and flu vaccine clinics at various school and community locations.