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Flu season creeping in

Friday, October 5, 2018 by Katy McElroy

It’s time for fall, which means it’s also time for a flu shot! Austin Public Health has scheduled a seasonal flu vaccine clinic, with free shots for uninsured residents of Travis County who are 6 months of age or older. All Medicare recipients can get a flu shot as well. The clinic will take place Oct. 6 at Travis High School, from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. No appointment is needed, but Medicare recipients are asked to bring their card. There will also be available flu shots at Shots for Tots/Big Shots clinics for children who are uninsured or Medicaid recipients, and for uninsured adults. At these clinics, the flu vaccine costs $25 for adults, $10 for children. They are free for children with Medicaid. While these fee schedules will be recommended, no one will be denied services if they are unable to pay. Appointments are needed at the Shots for Tots/Big Shots clinics and can be made by calling (512) 972-5520. Flu season hits peak strength in January, but it’s best to prepare early with a flu shot and practice good prevention techniques such as washing your hands frequently, avoiding touching your face with your hands, and covering your mouth when you cough. The health department has more vaccine information at www.austintexas.gov/immunizations.

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