Flu shots still urged in Milam

Even though it’s late in the “flu season” the Milam County Health Department is continuing to urge county residents to get flu shots.

Shots are available at the Rockdale office, in the One-Stop Center (Bell at Main) Tuesdays and Thursdays from 9 a.m. to 12-noon and 1 to 4 p.m. and at the Cameron office (209 South Houston) from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Mondays and Wednesdays, open till 6 p.m. on the first Monday of each month.

Patsy Gaines, director, said shots are free for Medicare Part B recipients and are $20 for others.

Vaccination is recommended for all six months old and older, especially for those in high-risk groups like children, people 65 and older, pregnant women and people with chronic health conditions.

People in those groups are more likely to experience serious or life-threatening complications from flu such as bacterial pneumonia, ear and sinus infections, dehydration and worsening of chronic conditions like congestive heart failure, asthma or diabetes, Gaines said.

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