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There have been a number of cases of flu in the area, therefore, the Sweetwater-Nolan County Health Department (SNCHD) encourages residents to get vaccinated this flu season. Getting vaccinated is the best way to stop the spread of flu. "It's important to get vaccinated now to help keep yourself and your family healthy," stated Linda Kite, SNCHD public promotions coordinator.
SNCHD recommends everyone over six months old get vaccinated. Getting vaccinated now will provide protection through the Texas flu season, which typically peaks in January and February and runs through May. The vaccine takes about two weeks to become fully effective after it is given.
Flu is a serious disease that kills an average of 23,600 Americans a year, according to estimates from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. People over 65, pregnant women, young children and people with chronic health conditions are highest at risk for complications and are especially encouraged to get vaccinated.
Also, to stop the spread of germs cover all coughs and sneezes, wash hands frequently with soap and water or hand sanitizer and stay home if sick.
SNCHD administers the flu vaccine on Wednesdays during regular immunization clinics from 8-11:30 a.m. and 1-4:30 p.m. and on the second Wednesday of each month until 6 p.m.; the cost is $15. The health department currently does not have Vaccine for Children. Children between 3 to 18 years old can receive the vaccine at cost. Medicare is accepted.