Dallas County Health Dept. Dispensing Flu Vaccines

CBS Dallas / Fort Worth

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DALLAS (CBS11 NEWS) – Although September temperatures in North Texas still flirt with the triple digits—health officials say it is in fact time to start thinking about the flu.  The Dallas County health department is already dispensing the adult vaccine and encouraging the community to make vaccination a priority now.

“Over 30,000 deaths in the United States [are] related to flu complications,” says Zachary Thompson, Director of Dallas County Health and Human Services.  “We’re saying come on in now while we have plenty of the flu vaccine.”

Health officials say it takes roughly two weeks for the flu vaccine to confer immunity to the disease, and they would like as many people as possible to get vaccinated before the holiday travel season gets underway.  “People start travelling in November for Thanksgiving break, and as you travel across the country, you don’t know where a flu…

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