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Published on Tuesday, January 21, 2020

Metro Health Reports Three Pediatric Flu Deaths, 2019-2020 Season

CONTACT: Michelle Vigil
Office: (210) 207-8172
michelle.vigil@sanantonio.gov

 

SAN ANTONIO (Jan. 21, 2020) - Metro Health reports three pediatric flu-related deaths in Bexar County. For medical confidentiality and privacy reasons, Metro Health will not provide additional identifying information.

 

The San Antonio Metropolitan Health District (Metro Health) reminds the community that it is not too late to get the flu vaccine as it is still the best prevention against flu. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) recommends a yearly flu vaccine for all persons aged six months and older, with rare exception. 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.

 

The San Antonio Metropolitan Health District recommends a three step approach to protect yourself and others from the flu:

  • Get the 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.

 

It is not too late to get your flu shot. Schedule your appointment by calling 210-207-8894. Free flu shots are still available while supplies last at our two clinics located at:

 

Eastside Clinic
210 Mel Waiters Way • San Antonio, TX 78202 • 210.207.8894
Open: Monday – Friday • by appointment only
8:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.
1:00 p.m. - 3:00 p.m.

 

Frank Garrett Center
1226 NW 18th St. • San Antonio, TX 78207 • 210.207.8894
Enter: from Hamilton Ave. & Albert St.
Open: Tuesdays & Thursdays • by appointment only
8:00 A.M – 3:00 P.M.

 

**Please Note: Clinic may close early and without notice if full to capacity and total service transactions cannot be completed by 4:30 p.m.**

 

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.

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Author: Melanie Morales (GPA)

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