September 24, 2020 (Spearman, TX) This year, amid the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic, getting vaccinated against seasonal influenza is essential. The flu vaccine reduces an individual’s risk of catching the illness and helps prevent hospitalizations and deaths.

Hansford County Hospital District Family Medical Clinic has vaccines in stock; appointments are available now by calling the clinic at 806-659-2846.

“We encourage everyone in Hansford County to get vaccinated against the flu as soon as possible,” said Jonathan Bailey, CEO, Hansford County Hospital District. “The flu vaccine is safe and effective and can mean the difference between life and death.”

On Oct. 1 from 9 a.m. to noon, Hansford County Hospital District will also host a drive-through flu shot clinic for Medicare enrollees and self-pay individuals. The clinic will take place in front of the hospital on Roland Street. The cost is $35 for individuals who are paying out-of-pocket. There is no cost for Medicare enrollees – both traditional fee-for-service and MedicareAdvantage.

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention recommends a routine annual influenza vaccination for all persons 6 months of age and older, with rare exceptions. The CDC also recommends getting the vaccine before the end of October, although later vaccination is still effective. Children under age eight who require two doses should receive their first dose as soon as possible after the vaccine is available and the second dose four weeks later.

“Getting the flu shot is one of the easiest things we all can do to keep ourselves and each other healthy,” said Bailey. “There’s a lot of fear and uncertainty right now because of COVID-19; getting a flu shot is something we can do today to take control of our health.”