DCHHS will begin offering Flu Vaccine for adults
DALLAS (Aug. 24, 2018) – Influenza season is fast approaching and Dallas CountyHealth and Human Services (DCHHS) will begin offering the seasonal flu vaccine foradults effective Monday, August 27, 2018. Residents can get the flu shot at any of theseven DCHHS clinic locations throughout Dallas County. Business hours for alllocations are 8:00 a.m.-4:00 p.m. Monday through Friday except the Grand Prairielocation which is every 1st, 2nd, 3rd and 4th Wednesday of each month 8:00 a.m.-3:30p.m.
DCHHS Imm Clinic, 2377 Stemmons Frwy, #141, Dallas, 75207, 214-819-2162 or 214-819-1903
John West Branch, 3312 N. Buckner Blvd, #200, Dallas, 75228, 214-321-5747
Jefferson Branch, 1113 E. Jefferson Blvd., #200, Dallas, 75203, 214-948-0425
Farmers Branch, 2774 Valwood Pkwy., Farmers Branch, 75234, 972-241-2684
Irving Branch, 440 S. Nursery Rd., Irving, 75060, 972-721-3661
Spring Valley Branch, 8202 Spring Valley Rd., #200, Dallas, 75240, 214-358-0926
Grand Prairie Branch, 1413 Densman St., Grand Prairie, 75051, 972-642-5962 Hours of operation every 1st, 2nd, 3rd, and 4th Wednesday, 8 AM – 3:30 PM
The cost for the flu vaccine is $20. Flu vaccine is covered by Medicare and Medicaid atno charge. DCHHS is awaiting Texas Vaccines for Children (TVFC) shipment. "Weurge everyone to get their flu shot now while it is early in the season,” said Ganesh Shivaramaiyer, DCHHS director. “The sooner you get the flu shot and practice goodhygiene the severity of the flu season, most certainly, could be averted”.
DCHHS is following guidelines from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention(CDC) to begin offering the flu vaccine as soon as it becomes available in thecommunity. CDC recommends the flu vaccine as the best means of flu prevention foralmost everyone except children younger than 6 months of age. The flu vaccineDCHHS provides is an all-in-one shot that protects against multiple flu strains includingthe H1N1 virus.
“It takes about two weeks for the body to develop the antibodies needed to provide protection against the flu virus,” Dr. Perkins said. “That’s why we are encouragingeveryone to get the flu vaccine as soon as possible, so they’re protected early in the fluseason.”
In addition to getting the flu shot, DCHHS encourages everyone to practice cough andsneeze etiquette along with proper hand-washing. DCHHS has flu prevention materialson its website available for the public to download.
For more information, call 214-819-2162.
Ganesh Shivaramaiyer Interim Director
Christopher Perkins, D.O., M.P.H. Medical Director / Health Authority
For additional information, contact:
Ganesh Shivaramaiyer, Interim Director