Beat the flu and help patients, too: Get a flu shot

January 20, 2020
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Flu activity in Texas is the highest it has been in a decade, according to a recent flu surveillance report from the Texas Department of State Health Services.

Texas is one of 33 states with high or record-high activity.

The flu virus is detected year-round in this country, but the number of cases tends to rise beginning in the fall, peaks between December and February, and can last until May.

That’s why the South Texas Blood & Tissue Center encourages South Texans to get a flu shot, which helps maintain an adequate blood supply. Anyone who has flu symptoms on the day of donation can’t give blood.

San Antonio Metropolitan Health is offering free flu vaccines by appointment at its two immunization clinics. Vaccines also are covered by most health insurance at no cost at doctors’ offices and some pharmacies.

Nationwide, there here have been 9.7 million flu cases, 87,000 hospitalizations, and 4,800 fatalities, including 32 infant and children deaths.

The need for donations is vital, as South Texans responded to our last week’s appeal for blood, making 3,229 donations to help re-stock hospital inventories across the 48 counties we serve.


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