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Posted on: September 12, 2019

FREE Shots Can Lessen Your Chances of Getting the Flu

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The best way to prevent seasonal flu is to get vaccinated every year. Plan to get your FREE flu shot courtesy of the City’s Connect4Health benefit and Texas Health Resources.

Vaccinations are available to all active employees (full-time, part-time and temporary) and retirees starting the first week of October.  Pick from one of these dates:

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According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), taking the influenza vaccination can:

  • Reduce flu illness
  • Reduce the need for doctor’s visits
  • Reduce the number of missed work and school days
  • Prevent flu-related hospitalization

It takes about two weeks after vaccination for antibodies to develop in the body that protect against the flu. Therefore, it’s a good idea to get a flu shot BEFORE the virus begins to spread – preferably before the end of October. However, receiving the flu shot later can still be beneficial.

Flu vaccines protect against the three or four viruses research suggests will be most common each season. For 2019-2020, the CDC recommends the trivalent (three-component) vaccines contain:

  • A/Brisbane/02/2018 (H1N1)pdm09-like virus (updated)
  • A/Kansas/14/2017 (H3N2)-like virus (updated)
  • B/Colorado/06/2017-like (Victoria lineage) virus

Last year, Texas Health Resources administered 871 flu shots to Team Plano members. Don’t miss out – first come, first serve. For more information about the Flu Season, visit the CDC website.

 For questions about the flu shot clinic, please contact Michelle Gifford at michellegi@plano.gov

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