Comal County encourages flu shots during National Influenza Vaccination Week

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National Influenza Vaccination Week is Dec. 3-9, and the Comal County Office of Public Health is reminding residents that flu shots are still available.

“There’s still time to get your flu shot and protect yourself and your family this flu season,” said Cheryl Fraser,  Comal County director of public health, in a news release.

More than 377 cases of the flu were recorded in Comal County in November, nearly three times as many as the previous month. Fraser said last year’s peak flu season fell in February, and the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention established National Influenza Vaccination Week in 2005 to raise awareness about the importance of flu vaccination, even after the end of November.

For those not covered by insurance, a flu vaccine costs $35. The office of public health accepts Medicaid and Community First CHIP for children age 18 and younger, and Blue Cross Blue Shield for all ages.

The office is open from 8 a.m.-noon and 1-5 p.m. at 1297 Church Hill Drive, New Braunfels. Walk-ins are welcome, but residents may call 830-221-1150 to make an appointment.

“An annual flu vaccine is the best way to protect against the flu,” Fraser said. “The CDC recommends that everyone over 6 months old receive a flu vaccine from a licensed medical professional.”

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Rachel Nelson

Rachel Nelson is editor of the New Braunfels edition of Community Impact Newspaper. She covers local business, new development, city and county government, health care, education and transportation. Rachel relocated to Central Texas from Amarillo in 2009 and is a graduate of Texas State University’s School of Journalism and Mass Communication.

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