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Posted on: September 12, 2018

Do Flu Shots Really Work? Yes! Get FREE Shots.

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Prevent the spread of influenza this flu season. Get the flu shot…not the flu. Connect4Health (C4H) usually hosts a “free flu shot campaign” prior to the onset of the official flu season, which increases in October and November. Statistics show cases of the flu peak between December and March.

Take advantage of C4H’s partnership with Texas Health Resources to deliver FREE shots this year. These shots are given at no charge to full-time, part-time and temporary City employees. Retirees are also welcome to the shots. The vaccine is being administered on the following dates:

  • Tuesday, October 2 – 5:30-9:30 a.m., Police Headquarters
  • Wednesday, October 3 – 3-6 p.m., Police Headquarters
  • Friday, October 5 – 7 a.m.-12 p.m., Municipal Center
  • Tuesday, October 9 – 6:30-10 a.m., Public Works
  • Wednesday, October 10 – 3:30-7 p.m., Davis Library
  • Tuesday, October 16 – 7 a.m.-3 p.m., Municipal Center


To receive a flu shot, you must be over 18 years of age. The “high dose” for persons 65 and older is not available. There is a limited supply of the flu vaccinations. Protect yourself and save some money in the bargain – GET THE FREE FLU SHOT!

Contact Michelle Gifford, senior wellness coordinator, at 972-941-7227.

FLU FACTS:flu vaccine in eggs

  1. Scientists all over the world study which flu viruses are spreading and use that information to predict the three or four viruses most likely to be dangerous in the coming season.
  2. The viruses are typically grown in chicken eggs, then killed or weakened and made into vaccines – interesting, right? There are also egg-free vaccines too.
  3. It takes about six months to produce, test and deliver large quantities of vaccine to pharmacies, clinics and health departments.
  4. You CAN NOT get the flu from the dead or weak viruses used to make the vaccine, but your body’s immune system still makes antibodies to fight them. It takes about two weeks for your antibodies to reach full strength. Even if the virus you’re exposed to isn’t a perfect match for the vaccine, your antibodies may still help protect you from getting really sick.
  5. Because you’re less likely to get the flu after vaccination, the people around you are less likely to catch the flu from you. So your decision to get the shot helps your loved ones as well as yourself. Note, the flu vaccine isn’t 100% effective, so healthy habits matter:
    • Steer clear of people who are sick
    • Wash your hands often
    • Take good care of yourself (eat well and get ample sleep)
  6. It’s recommended everyone age six months and older get a flu shot, but consult your doctor about what’s right for you. Different flu viruses appear from year to year, so it’s important to get a flu shot every year.

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