Austin, Texas – Today marks the start of the 2019-2020 flu season and getting a flu vaccine is the best way to protect yourself and your loved ones from flu. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) recommends that everyone six months and older get vaccinated.
Ten influenza-associated deaths were reported in Travis County during the 2018-2019 flu season, and 17 pediatric deaths were reported in Texas.
Flu vaccinations are offered in many locations, including doctors’ offices, clinics, health departments, retail stores, pharmacies, health centers, and through many employers and schools. To find a location near you to get your flu shot, visit VaccineFinder.org.
For uninsured adults or children who are uninsured or Medicaid recipients, contact Austin Public Health’s Shots for Tots/Big Shots appointment line at 512-972-5520.
Austin Public Health’s Immunization program works to prevent communicable diseases. Many illnesses, if not protected against through proper immunizations, can lead to the development of life-threatening medical conditions. For more information, visit AustinTexas.gov/Immunizations.