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Health department offering free flu vaccinations

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The Denton County Health Department is currently seeing major increases in influenza activity and is offering free flu shots to anyone six months old or older.

“While this increase is typical for this time of year, it should still prompt those who have not received a flu vaccination to make sure they do so now,” said Juan Rodriguez, Chief Epidemiologist at the health department.

Denton County normally sees flu activity peak in February so it is important for residents to ensure they are protected, said Rodriguez.

DCHD is conducting a free flu vaccination clinic on Saturday, Jan. 29, from 8:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m. at their Denton office located at 535 S. Loop 288.

In addition, free vaccinations are available during normal business hours in both the Denton and Lewisville offices. Flu mist will be available for children over the age of 2.

Flu vaccinations will be available for the general public, but health officials especially encourage those at high risk of complications from the flu to receive a flu vaccination. Those individuals that are considered high risk include:

*   Children 6 months to 5 years
*   Adults over the age of 50
*   Persons of any age with chronic medical conditions
*   Persons living in nursing homes or other long term care facilities
*   Pregnant women
*   Persons living with high risk individuals (such as a newborn baby)

Vaccinations are the best method to prevent flu, but there are many everyday actions people can take to stay healthy this cold and flu season, health officials said.

First, it is important to stay home when sick and to keep your distance from others who are sick. It is also crucially important to make thorough and frequent hand washing a priority. Covering your mouth and nose when you cough or sneeze can help you protect those around you. Lastly, avoid touching your eyes, nose and mouth to prevent germ-contaminated hands from infecting you.

For specific treatment options, contact your health care provider.

For additional information on flu vaccinations, call Denton County Health Department at (940) 349-2900 or (972) 434-4700 or visit www.dentoncounty.com/health.

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