DALLAS — One day after Dallas County reported the season's first flu-related death, uninsured adults in Dallas were taking advantage of free flu shots.
The request came from the Dallas Department of Health and Human Services, and County Commissioners approved it.
The department ordered a total of 10,300 doses of flu vaccine ahead of the season, and has a total of 7,000 left at this point.
DCHHS director Zachary Thompson said approval by Commissioners eliminates the barrier for uninsured, low-income families who might not have been willing to pay the $20 cost per shot.
"This is going to help us in reducing the number of flu-related deaths we could have in Dallas County," he said.
On Tuesday afternoon, nearly every seat was full at the flu shot clinic inside Dallas County Health and Human Services. Faye Woodberry brought her husband and granddaughter for their vaccines. She said they get one every year.
"I've always had good luck getting the flu shot," Woodberry said.
They receive free shots thanks to Medicaid, but she applauded the Commissioners' decision to provided it for free for even more people.
“I think that is so wonderful. That ought to make a lot of people want to come out and get the shot,” Woodberry said.
Uninsured adults living in Dallas County and interested in the free flu shots can get them on the first floor of the Department of Health and Human Services building at 2377 North Stemmons Freeway (Interstate 35E) between Medical District Drive and Wycliff Avenue.
Clinic hours are 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. Monday through Friday. Recipients will be required to sign a form stating they have no health insurance.