Brazosport Regional Host Flu Shot Clinics
Brazosport Regional is gearing up to host its annual free flu shot clinic for Southern Brazoria County. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), the 2012 vaccinations reduced the vaccinated population’s risk of having to go to the doctor because of the flu by more than half.
Since 2010, the CDC has recommended that everyone six months and older should get a flu vaccine each year. Most people who get the flu will have mild illness and will not need medical care. However, others are more likely to get flu complications that result in being hospitalized and occasionally result in death. High risk people include any adult 65 years and older, healthcare workers, adults with chronic or immunocompromised conditions and pregnant women.
Influenza (flu) is a respiratory illness with symptoms like high fever, chills, dry cough, headache, runny or stuffy nose, sore throat, fatigue, and muscle aches. Flu is thought to spread by droplets made when people with flu cough, sneeze, or talk. You may be able to pass on the flu to someone else before you even know you are sick. According to CDC, the single best way to prevent the flu is to get a flu vaccine each season.
Brazosport Regional is hosting three separate free flu shot clinics for the community. The first one is Tuesday, October 14 at St. Mary’s Catholic Church in Freeport from 8:30 AM to 11:00 AM. The second clinic is Wednesday, October 15 at the Lake Jackson Civic Center from 8:30 AM to 11:00 AM. The last clinic is in Brazoria at the Brazosport Regional Family Medicine Center on Thursday, October 16 from 9:00 AM to 11:00 AM. For additional information about the flu and the flu shot clinics, please visit www.BrazosportRegional.org.