News Release

February 22 , 2005

HDHHS to offer flu shots once again

The Houston Department of Health and Human Services (HDHHS) will offer flu vaccines at its health centers starting Wednesday, Feb. 23.

Everyone is eligible to receive the vaccine.

HDHHS encourages people age 19 to 64 who did not meet earlier high-risk vaccination criteria to take advantage of the additional flu vaccines. HDHHS just obtained 1,000 extra doses of the vaccine from the Harris County Hospital District.

HDHHS offers the vaccines on a sliding scale basis. They are free to some clients while others pay $5 or $15. To find the nearest health center, call the city’s 311 information line or 713-794-9267 or visit www.houstonhealth.org on the Internet.

Health centers and their locations are:

La Nueva Casa De Amigos, 1809 N. Main
Lyons Avenue, 5602 Lyons Avenue
Magnolia, 7037 Capitol
Sunnyside, 9314 Cullen
West End, 190 Heights Blvd.
Northside, 8523 Arkansas
Third Ward Multi-Service Center, 3611 Ennis

(For maps, click here)

Since January, HDHHS has received reports of 78 lab-confirmed flu cases in the Houston area. Flu cases total 63 in Houston; Harris County, 9; Fort Bend County, 4; Brazoria County, 1 and Liberty County, 1.

Influenza is a contagious disease that results in symptoms such as fever, headache, tiredness, cough, nasal congestion, sore throat and body aches. Most people recover in one to two weeks, but some develop complications such as pneumonia, bronchitis and sinus and ear infections.

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