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The Denton County Health Department will hold a series of community clinics starting this week to assist the public in receiving their influenza vaccinations.

“Increasing the percentage of individual who receive the flu vaccine can substantially decrease mortality from flu complications, which averages over 30,000 individuals per year in the U.S.” said Dr. Bing Burton, Director of the Denton County Health Department.

This year’s flu shot includes both components of the yearly flu shot and an H1N1 component providing a full spectrum of protection against influenza, according to health department spokesperson, Betsy Haggard.

Southern Denton County residents will have the opportunity to receive their flu vaccinations this year during two initial community flu clinics:

Wednesday, Sept. 29th, from 10:30 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. at the Lewisville Civic and Recreation Center at 191 Civic Circle in Lewisville.

Tuesday, Oct. 5th, from 10:30 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. at the Lewisville Civic and Recreation Center.

Flu shots will be available for the general public, but the health department especially encourages those at high risk of complications from the flu to receive a flu vaccination, including:

-Children 6 months-59 months of age
-Adults over the age of 50
-Persons of any age with certain chronic medical conditions
-Persons living in nursing homes or other long term care facilities
-Pregnant women
-Persons living with high risk individuals

The cost of the flu shots is $20 and only cash will be accepted. Medicare, Medicaid, and CHIP will also be accepted as payment with proof of enrollment.

Additional flu clinic dates and locations will be added as Denton County Health Department receives the remainder of their ordered doses, said Haggard.

For more information, contact the Denton County Health Department Flu Vaccination Hotline at 940-349-4FLU (4358).

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