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SAN ANTONIO (Oct. 19, 2018) – The San Antonio Metropolitan Health District (Metro Health) reminds the community to get their flu vaccine as early as possible as the 2018-2019 flu season has begun.
Everyone six months of age and older should get vaccinated. People age 65 and older, pregnant women, young children and those with chronic health conditions such as asthma, diabetes, heart disease, lung disease or kidney and liver disorders are more susceptible to serious influenza complications, so the flu vaccine is especially important for them.
“It’s especially important for pregnant women to get vaccinated against the flu,” said Dr. Anita Kurian, Assistant Director, Metro Health. “Newborns cannot get vaccinated until six months of age, but when a mom gets vaccinated during pregnancy, she passes some of that protection to the baby in utero.”
The San Antonio Metropolitan Health District recommends a three step approach to protect yourself and others from the flu:
- Get a flu vaccine.
- Wash hands often and maintain good hygiene to prevent the spread of germs, including covering your cough and sneeze with a tissue, your arm or sleeve.
- If you get the flu, complete all medication doses prescribed by your doctor and stay home.
To find the latest flu activity data, click HERE. To find a vaccination site near you, visit the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s online Flu Vaccine Finder tool.