City of AustinFOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Austin, Texas – Austin Public Health (APH) hosted a walk-up flu shot event today, Oct. 24, at the Southeast Branch Library. The event distributed approximately 200 free flu shots to community members.
B-roll with natural sound of the event can be found here: dropbox.com/s/2djssyxhpkj7e9j/Flu%20Pod.mp4?dl=0
This was the first of two flu shot events that are serving as practice for distributing a future COVID-19 vaccine. The second will operate as a drive-thru event on Nov. 7, 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. at the Travis County Expo Center, which will distribute approximately 600 flu shots. Appointments are encouraged for flu shots at the Expo Center as only a limited number of drive-ups will be available. Call APH Immunizations at 512-972-5520 (M-F, 8 am-4:30 pm) to schedule an appointment.
Additional information about media participation at the Travis County Expo Center event will be sent closer to Nov. 7.
“We have begun planning for the distribution of a COVID-19 vaccine and these flu shot events will help us understand the processes we need to have in place to ensure successful rapid distribution,” said Dr. Mark Escott, Interim Austin-Travis County Health Authority.
Everyone six months of age and older should get a flu shot every year. In addition to your annual flu shot, you can keep yourself and your loved ones safe and healthy by following these simple steps:
- Wash your hands often
- Cough and sneeze into your elbow or tissue
- Avoid touching your nose, eyes, and mouth
- Avoid others who are sick
- Stay home if you are sick
- Clean and disinfect surfaces and objects
- Wear a mask and social distance in public
“This year it is more important than ever to get your flu shot,” said APH Director Stephanie Hayden. “Getting a flu shot is the best way to protect yourself, your family, and our community.”
For more information about the flu, visit austintexas.gov/flu.
For more information about COVID-19, visit austintexas.gov/COVID19.