The Texas Department of State Health Services is encouraging people to get their H1N1 flu vaccination now.
“There is the potential for another wave of illness. People should not become complacent about protecting themselves,” said Dr. David Lakey, DSHS commissioner. “Get vaccinated, wash your hands and stay home if you’re sick.”
With supplies increasing, Texas health officials are urging providers to offer the vaccine to anyone who wants it but to continue to ensure people in priority groups get the vaccine they need.
Texas continues to order the state’s full allocation of the H1N1 vaccine as quickly as possible, with about 7.24 million doses ordered as of yesterday. More orders and shipments will follow as providers confirm their orders with DSHS.
The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention has allocated about 7.6 million doses to Texas. About 870,000 of those doses were allocated over the course of this week and are in the process of being ordered and distributed to Texas providers.
People who want the vaccine should check with their usual health care provider about vaccine availability or use the flu vaccine locator service available on TexasFlu.org.
Texas expects to receive nearly 13 million doses of the vaccine by January.
(News Media Contact: Carrie Williams, DSHS Acting Press Officer, 512-458-7400.)
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