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10/5/10

More flu vaccines available on the South Plains

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By Tiffany Pelt - email

LUBBOCK, TX (KCBD) –Flu season is officially here and the Lubbock Health Department is encouraging everyone to get vaccinated.

Tuesday nearly 300 people rolled down their car windows and rolled up their sleeves during the health department's drive-thru flu shot clinic. "This is actually something that was thought up by one of our nurses here at the health department that started roughly about 8 years ago. As far as I know we are one of the few cities that do this," said Jeff McKito, City of Lubbock official.

The quick and easy drive-thru clinic is a once a year event put on by the health department, but there's still plenty of vaccines to go around.  "They have manufactured twice the amount that was manufactured last year so we're hoping this year that we can actually give all that we have received," said Beckie Brawley, Lubbock Health Department coordinator.

You can also expect a few changes this flu season. The State Health Department is now recommending everyone six months and older get a flu shot as well as high risk groups which include people over 65, pregnant women, and infants from six to 36 months.

This year, only one shot is needed. "Last year you had to get two flu shots. One for the H1N1, and one for the seasonal influenza. Well this year that vaccine has combined into one," said McKito. However, for children between six months and eight years old who have not previously been vaccinated for both the seasonal and H1N1, they are recommended to take two doses at least four weeks apart.

The number one way to avoid catching the flu is to get vaccinated but here are some other ways to prevent the flu. 

  • Cover your nose and mouth with a tissue when you cough or sneeze. Throw the tissue in the trash after you use it.
  • Wash your hands often with soap and water. If soap and water are not available, use an alcohol-based hand rub.
  • Avoid touching your eyes, nose and mouth. Germs spread this way.
  • Try to avoid close contact with sick people.
  • If you are sick with flu–like illness, CDC recommends that you stay home for at least 24 hours after your fever is gone except to get medical care or for other necessities. (Your fever should be gone without the use of a fever-reducing medicine.)
  • While sick, limit contact with others as much as possible to keep from infecting them.

Places offering flu shots in Lubbock include the Lubbock Health Department, most local doctor offices, and pharmacies at United Supermarkets, Target, CVS and Walgreens.

The health department will also be holding a state supplied childhood immunizations including flu shots for children ages 2 months – 18 years at the Patterson Library on Tuesday, October 19th from 3 p.m. to 6 p.m. or the first 35 customers, whichever comes first.

Clinic will be conducted in the Community Room at the Patterson Library at 1836 Parkway Drive.  There is no charge for the clinic and they'll be accepting Medicaid and Chip. A complete shot record is required to get your child vaccinated.

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