Flu Season is here! Get your Flu vaccination today at our Immunization Clinic.
The cost is $22 to $31 depending on residency and age. The Health District also accepts most forms of Medicaid and Blue Cross Blue Shield insurance. Flu season officially starts in October and can last through March or April. Protect yourself now. The flu vaccine has been approved for everyone including children 6 months of age and older and pregnant women.
Influenza or the flu is a serious disease caused by a virus that spread from infected persons to the nose or throat of others. Symptoms can include fever, cough, sore throat, headache, chills and muscle aches. Most people are ill with the flu for only a few days, but some get much sicker and may need to be hospitalized. Influenza caused thousands of deaths each year, mostly among the elderly. Individuals who think they have the flu should contact their health care provider.
The Health District urges residents to protect themselves from mosquitoes and the serious diseases they can carry. Although the weather is beginning to cool, there is still a risk for West Nile Virus. Mosquito season will continue for at least another two months. It is important to use insect repellant during outdoor activities, especially in the morning and evening.
At the Waco-McLennan County Public Health District, we recognize the importance of proper disposal of sharps and medications for residents and for the environment. We do not offer services to aid in the disposal of syringes; however, safe disposal of needles may be easier than you think. Click here for recommendations provided by Texas Commission on Environmental Quality (TCEQ) on how to dispose of medical waste.
Residents may also check with their prescribing physician for free sharps containers to aid in the storage of medical waste. Local pharmacies may also take back of any unused medication.
The 2016 Waco-McLennan County Community Health Needs Assessment (CHNA) was conducted through a funding partnership with the Waco-McLennan County Public Health District, Providence Healthcare Network, Baylor Scott & White Medical Center-Hillcrest, and Baylor University Center for Community Research and Development.
The goal of the CHNA is to provide a comprehensive and unbiased profile of McLennan County, assess community health and risk factors, and identify access to care issues. The results will stimulate discussion and planning of projects to address health needs identified. Previous assessments have resulted in targeted health promotions and have supported numerous grant opportunities for the community.
Flu Activity Report for the week of October 9th- October 15th:
Influenza-like illness: 83 Flu A: 2 Flu B: 5 Non-Differentiated: 0