WILLIAMSON COUNTY AND CITIES HEALTH DISTRICT CALLS FOR ACTION TO FIGHT THE FLU BY OFFERING FREE FLU SHOT CLINICS
Nov. 10, 2022 – Williamson County and Cities Health District (WCCHD) is making it easier to protect yourself from the flu this season by offering free flu shots for anyone aged six months or older.
There are early signs that this flu season could be severe, coupled with other respiratory illnesses, including respiratory syncytial virus (RSV) and COVID-19. The flu can be a serious health concern for older people, young children, pregnant women, and people with ongoing illnesses like diabetes, or kidney, heart, or lung disease. As many as 45 million Americans get sick from the flu each season.
“Getting a flu shot and vaccinated against COVID-19 is a safe and simple thing we all can do to ease our minds during the holidays to protect ourselves, our families and our communities,” says Dr. Amanda Norwood, Medical Director and Health Authority for the Williamson County and Cities Health District. "Getting vaccinated this year means having one less thing to worry about."
CDC recommends that everyone ages five years and older get an updated bivalent COVID-19 booster if it has been at least two months since your last booster or final primary doses. The updated booster provides broader protection against newer BA.4 and BA.5 Omicron variants. It is safe to get a flu and COVID-19 vaccine at the same visit.
Influenza, RSV and COVID-19 are respiratory illnesses with similar symptoms, such as congestion, cough and fever.
Free flu and COVID-19 vaccination options are available with or without an appointment. Visit www.wcchd.org/flu or call 512-943-3600 for locations and hours.
The Williamson County and Cities Health District (WCCHD), nationally accredited by the Public Health Accreditation Board, works to protect, promote, and improve the health of all people in Williamson County. WCCHD provides critical public health services including retail food inspections, clinical services like immunizations and well-woman exams, epidemiological and emergency responses to disease outbreaks, mosquito surveillance, WIC nutrition benefits and education, and eligibility screening for the county indigent healthcare and state programs. Learn more at www.wcchd.org