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9/15/09

Health leaders urge people to vaccinate for seasonal flu

By Ben Lawson  - bio | email

LUBBOCK, TX (KCBD) - Flu continues to spread across the South Plains. Administration at University Medical Center says they've seen a number of patients with flu-like symptoms system-wide. That's why health leaders encourage people to get vaccinated for seasonal flu.

The City of Lubbock Health Department will host an high-risk, adult flu clinic Tuesday morning.  The clinic starts at 9:00 a.m. Tuesday.  It is for high-risk adults only, and we do want to point out this is for the seasonal flu, not H1N1. Still, health officials say the seasonal flu can be just as dangerous.

"Each year about 36,000 people die from seasonal flu,  and there are thousands of hospitalizations due to seasonal flu," Beckie Brawley, Public Health Coordinator for the City of Lubbock Health Department said. 

"System-wide, with our clinics in the community, we've seen a number of patients who have come in with flu-like symptoms. I think the most important thing that people need to remember is that there are steps that they can take to minimize their risk to the flu, most importantly is to immunize against seasonal flu," Greg Bruce, Vice President of University Medical Center said.

"We also want to try and target those people who have babies in their home who are younger than six months of age, because those babies can't be immunized, so we certainly want to immunize the care givers of those infants," Brawley said. 

The health department is targeting high-risk adults.  The Centers for Disease Control defines "high-risk" as:

 - Pregnant women
 - People 50 years of age and older
 - People with chronic medical conditions
 - People who live in nursing homes and other long-term care facilities
 - People who live with or care for those at high risk for complications from the flu. If you fit into

If you are in one of these categories, the Lubbock Health Department urges you to get a seasonal flu shot. To get yours just come down to 19th Street and Texas Avenue between 9:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m. Tuesday. 

Vaccinations are $20.00 per person, and Medicare is accepted.  If you're concerned about the H1N1 virus, we're told that vaccination could be available in mid-October. You can still get a seasonal flu vaccination, and when the H1N1 vaccine is available, you can get that one as well.

If you miss Tuesday's vaccination clinic, you can still receive a vaccination.  Just call the City of Lubbock Health Department at (806) 775-2914.

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