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It's Not Too Late to Get a Flu Shot

Garland's Health Department has plenty of flu vaccine available for children and adults.

Officials with Centers for Disease Control and Prevention say they have not seen a flu season this bad, this early, in nearly a decade. CDC says the flu season is about five weeks ahead of schedule and predicts the worst is probably yet to come. Currently, the flu is widespread in 41 states. Influenza activity continued to increase in Dallas County, with 33.5% of all influenza tests returning positive. Increasing numbers of influenza-associated hospitalizations are also being reported, with 85 inpatient admissions.

Some area health departments and doctor’s offices may be running low on flu vaccine, but the Garland Health Department’s Public Health Clinic still has plenty of flu vaccine available for children and adults at affordable prices.

How do you know if you have the flu? Influenza is a contagious respiratory sickness with symptoms that include fever, a cough, sore throat, runny nose and headaches. It is different from what people commonly refer to as the "stomach flu," which is more likely gastroenteritis.

Vaccination is the best tool for prevention, and it's never too late for a flu shot.

Where are we located? Garland Health Department’s Public Health Clinic is located at 206 Carver St. Garland, TX 75040. The clinic is open Monday – Friday and our hours are 8 a.m. to 12 p.m. and 1 p.m. to 5 p.m. Clinic staff is currently administering flu vaccine without an appointment and the cost of the vaccine is listed below:

• $20 adults
• $10 children (6 month-18 years old)
• Medicaid (except Molina) is accepted
• Medicare Part B will file
• Blue Cross Blue Shield of Texas

Please bring insurance card for BCBS, Medicaid or CHIP and Medicare “Part B”

For more information, please call 972-205-3370.