CONTACT: Deirdre Murphy, 210-207-2156
SAN ANTONIO (Jan. 3, 2020) – San Antonio is in the midst of the flu season and the San Antonio Metropolitan Health District (Metro Health) wants to help by giving away free flu vaccine. Seasonal flu activity in Bexar County has been elevated for three weeks and continues to increase.
“The best step you can take to prevent flu and its potentially serious complications is getting a yearly flu vaccine. So I want to remind everyone to get vaccinated to protect you, your family and everyone else around you,” said Dr. Anita K Kurian, Assistant Director of Metro Health.
Free flu vaccines will be available at Metro Health’s immunizations clinics, while supplies last. To receive a free flu vaccine, please visit the Metro Health immunization clinics located at 210 N. Mel Waiters Way or 1226 NW 18th Street. For more information, call 210-207-8894 or visit our website at https://www.sanantonio.gov/Health/HealthServices/Immunizations
Everyone six months of age and older should get a flu vaccine each season. Pregnant women and individuals with underlying health conditions should get the protection as early as possible.
The flu vaccine is the first step in protecting yourself from the flu. Additionally, people should wash their hands often, and ensure others at home maintain the same hand-washing standards. Sneeze or cough into your elbow instead of your hands.
Distance yourself from others and stay home if you start feeling sick because you may already be contagious.
Nationally, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention estimates thousands of individuals die from the flu. The flu usually comes on suddenly. People who have the flu often feel some or all of these symptoms: Fever or feeling feverish/chills, cough, sore throat, runny or stuffy nose, muscle or body aches, headaches, fatigue. Some people may have vomiting and diarrhea, though this is more common in children than adults.