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Posted: 11.10.2012 18:23


Conroe, Texas – October11, 2012 – This weekend, getting protected from the flu will be as easy as driving through your favorite fast food restaurant.

On Saturday, October 13, the Montgomery County Public Health Department, along with partners Lone Star College Montgomery  and Conroe Regional Medical Center, will give away free flu shots from 9 a.m. until noon at Lone Star College – Montgomery Campus (3200 College Park Dr.). Vaccinations are available to those three years and older, while supplies last. 

“This is always a popular event,” said Marcela Briers, Public Health Clinic Supervisor. “We work hard to make it convenient for county residents to get ahead of the flu season. Some people are worried that getting the flu shot will actually give you the flu, however, the vaccine we will be providing utilizes an inactive virus, which eliminates this concern.”

The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) reports that influenza viruses affect between 5 and 20 percent of the U.S. population each year, and they are responsible for 3000 – 49,000 deaths. Most illness and death caused by influenza can be prevented by seasonal vaccination.

The CDC recommends that all people over six months of age get an annual flu shot; vaccination is most important for those who belong to or live with people who belong to the following groups:

1.       Pregnant women

2.       Children younger than 5, but especially children younger than 2 years old

3.       People 50 years of age and older

4.       People of any age with certain chronic medical conditions

5.       People who live in nursing homes and other long-term care facilities

6.       People who live with or care for those at high risk for complications from flu, including:

1.       Health care workers

2.       Household contacts of persons at high risk for complications from the flu

3.       Household contacts and out of home caregivers of children less than 6 months of age (these children are too young to be vaccinated)

Additionally, individuals who provide important community services, including law enforcement, fire and emergency medical services, should be vaccinated to ensure that important community services are not disrupted during an influenza outbreak.

Flu season starts in October and lasts through May, and one shot provides season-long protection against H1N1 and two other common strains. The vaccine takes about two weeks to be effective, so health officials urge residents to get one as soon as possible.

Vaccine for children ages 6 months to 3 years is available for $10, by appointment, at the Montgomery County Public Health Clinic, 1300 South Loop 336 West, in Conroe.  Contact 936-523-5020 or [email protected] for more information.