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Flu Season Is Here - Vaccination Encouraged

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SAN ANTONIO (Nov. 18, 2015) – The San Antonio Metropolitan Health District (Metro Health) reminds the community to get their flu vaccine as early as possible.

Everyone six months old and older should get vaccinated. People age 65 and older, pregnant women, young children and those with chronic health conditions such as asthma, diabetes, heart disease, lung disease or kidney and liver disorders are more susceptible to serious influenza complications, so flu vaccine is especially important for them.

The latest available data from the Metro Health flu surveillance network showed that mostly flu A is circulating in our community.

So far, no pediatric deaths have been reported in Bexar and its surrounding counties for this season. Statewide, no influenza-associated pediatric deaths have been reported during the 2015-2016 season. 

The San Antonio Metropolitan Health District recommends a three step approach to protect yourself and others from the flu:

1. Get a flu vaccine.

2. Wash hands often and maintain good hygiene to prevent the spread of germs, including covering your cough and sneeze with a tissue, your arm or sleeve.

3. If you get the flu, complete all medication doses prescribed by your doctor and stay home.

To find a vaccination site near you, visit the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s online Flu Vaccine Finder tool.