Metroplex Health System is offering free flu shots to community members age six months and older on Thursday, Nov. 9, from noon to 4:30 pm at Metroplex Adventist Hospital in Killeen and on Thursday, Nov. 16, from 1 to 4 pm at Rollins Brook Community Hospital in Lampasas. Health professionals will be administering the vaccines on a first-come, first-served basis while supplies last at both locations.
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention recommend that everyone older than six months get a yearly flu shot. Those at higher risk for complications from the flu, including seniors over 65 years, pregnant women, children under five years of age and people with certain health conditions, are especially encouraged to get vaccinated.
“Getting a yearly flu shot is an easy way for you to protect yourself and others from the flu,” said LaToya Ellis, wellness coordinator for Metroplex Health System.
People may be able to pass the flu to someone else before experiencing any symptoms. In addition to getting vaccinated, protect yourself and others from the flu with three simple steps:
1) Wash hands often with soap and warm water for at least 30 seconds.
2) Cover coughs and sneezes with a tissue or sleeve.
3) Stay home when sick and talk to a healthcare provider early if symptoms begin.