December 7, 2010
The Texas Department of State Health Services encourages people to get a flu
shot this holiday season. It’s the best way to be protected as flu becomes more
prevalent in Texas.
“Getting together with friends and family is a highlight of the holidays.
Unfortunately, illnesses like the flu can spread easily at these get-togethers”
said Dr. David Lakey, commissioner of DSHS. “That’s why it’s important to get
vaccinated now to help keep yourself and your family healthy.”
DSHS recommends everyone over six months old get vaccinated. A nasal spray
version of the flu vaccine is available for healthy people ages 2 to 49 who are
not pregnant. 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.
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 most at risk for complications and are especially urged to be
Getting vaccinated is the best way to stop the spread of the flu.
Additionally, cover all coughs and sneezes, wash hands frequently with soap and water or hand sanitizer, and stay home if sick.
(News Media Contact: Chris Van Deusen, DSHS Assistant Press Officer, 512-458-7753)
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