Flu shot clinics are scheduled for today in Stephenville and Hico.
From 1-3 p.m., Lee Health Care of Hamilton will be at the Senior Citizens Center. Shots are free if a Medicare Part B card is provided. Otherwise, the cost will be $26 per person.
Hico Clinic's schedule is also 1:30-6 p.m. today and again on Sept. 25. Cost is $25 per inoculation.
“Everyone at risk should consider the flu vaccine,” said Dr. B.C. Dayton of Hico.
He said there is no particular strain reported this year and there is no age limit for the flu vaccine.
Dayton said questions regarding adverse reactions will be answered during the screening process prior to the immunization.
The information provided by Centers Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) encourages anyone at high risk for complications from the flu to be vaccinated.
€ Children ages 6 months to 5 years
€ Pregnant women
€ People 50 years and older
€ People of any age with certain chronic medical conditions
€ People who live in nursing homes and other long-term care facilities
€ Anyone with a weakened immune system due to HIV/AIDS, long-term treatment with drugs such as steroids, or cancer treatment with x-rays or drugs
€ Anyone with certain muscle or nerve disorders.
Those who live with or care for those at high risk include:
€ Household contacts or persons at high risk for complications from the flu
€ Household contacts and out-of-home caregivers of children less than 6 months
€ Healthcare workers
The CDC also cautions that some people should not be vaccinated without first consulting a physician. These include: