Metro Health Encourages Community to Receive Flu Shot
Published on October 24, 2022
As cases increase and festivities are nearby, the community is encouraged to follow safety measures to prevent illnesses
SAN ANTONIO, TEXAS (October 24, 2022) – The San Antonio Metropolitan Health District (Metro Health) is encouraging the community to take safety measures to prevent any illness, especially during the fall and winter seasons as temperatures continue to drop and holiday festivities begin.
The flu vaccine is the first step toward protection. Anyone six months and older is eligible to receive their vaccine yearly. Pregnant women and individuals with underlying health conditions are encouraged to seek protection as soon as possible.
“The Metro Health Department continues its outreach efforts to educate the public on the importance of getting the flu shot,” says Claude A. Jacob, Metro Health Director. “During the upcoming holiday festivities, it is very important to take extra care of yourself by making sure that you are protected this season and to stay at home/away from loved ones if you are sick. Remember, flu vaccinations prevent illnesses, medical visits, hospitalizations, and deaths.”
As festivities such as Halloween and Día de los Muertos are approaching, the Metro Health Department encourages the community to take the following into consideration:
- If you feel sick, stay home to avoid spreading viruses to others
- Monitor your symptoms including fever, cough, chills, headaches, runny nose, sore throat, muscle or body aches, fatigue, vomiting, or diarrhea
- If you are sick, do not hand out candy to trick-or-treaters during Halloween
- Get tested for the flu before attending any festivity (trick-or-treating or attending a Día de los Muertos celebration)
- Stay up to date on the latest news regarding the flu, COVID-19, and vaccines
- Wash your hands with soap for 20 seconds when you return home
Metro Health Immunization clinics currently offer flu and COVID-19 vaccines. For more information, the community can call 210-207-8894 or visit https://www.sanantonio.gov/Health/HealthServices/Immunizations.
For any questions regarding vaccines, the community is also encouraged to consult with their medical provider.