Dallas County to begin issuing flu shots Thursday

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by JANET ST. JAMES

WFAA

Posted on September 7, 2011 at 3:28 PM

DALLAS - Dallas County officials received flu vaccine ahead of schedule this year, and will start giving it out Thursday, Sept. 7.

The county has received 10,000 doses for adults and 16,000 doses for children.

Normally, pediatric supplies are delayed into October or November. This is the earliest the Dallas County Health Department has ever received flu vaccine and signifies a change in fighting the flu.

"Normally, we start the last week in September, but it's not too early to get your flu shots," said Dallas County Health Director Zachary Thompson. "The flu season begins now. We realize that we have enough flu vaccine available."

The biggest change this year concerns youngsters. Children six-months-old to eight-years-old who received flu vaccine last year will only need one dose this year, instead of two.

A Dallas County flu shot costs $5 for kids and $20 for adults, and Medicare covers the cost for seniors. They will begin issuing the shots at 8 a.m. at the Health and Human Services department on North Stemmons Freeway.

News 8 is awaiting word from Tarrant County on their plan to distribute flu vaccine.

E-mail jstjames@wfaa.com

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