The Garland Health Department has received a report of two recent flu-related deaths of Garland citizens. Both victims were under 50 years old and had no known underlying health conditions that would have contributed to infection or death. As of Dec. 28, 2013 (the most recent report), eight flu related deaths have been reported in the 2013-14 flu season in Dallas County.
Positive flu tests and associated hospitalizations have increased significantly since the beginning of December 2013. The Garland Health Department recommends that all citizens get vaccinated for flu as soon as possible. Flu vaccines are the best tool available to prevent flu infections. Flu vaccines are both safe and effective and contrary to popular belief, the flu vaccine cannot cause a person to become infected with flu.
The Clinical Services Division of the Garland Health Department has a robust supply of low-cost flu shots available at the Public Health Clinic located at 206 Carver Drive in Garland. The clinic is open from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. (closed for lunch from noon to 1 p.m.) and accepts walk-in customers on Tuesday and Thursday afternoons. Appointments can be made by calling 972-205-3370.