Flu on rise, shots still available at UMC clinics

An increase in flu cases resulting in ICU admissions has prompted UMC Health System to reiterate the importance of receiving the yearly influenza vaccine.
LUBBOCK TX- UMC Press Relase 1/2/14

An increase in flu cases resulting in ICU admissions has prompted UMC Health System to reiterate the importance of receiving the yearly influenza vaccine.

While The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) recommends the vaccine as the first and most vital step in protecting against influenza, UMC reminds the public that it’s not too late to stop the spread of this year’s strain.

The flu vaccine is still available at UMC’s Physician Network Services locations in Lubbock and across the South Plains.

“Vaccination is especially important for people at high risk of serious flu complications, including young children, pregnant women, people with chronic health conditions like asthma, diabetes, heart or lung disease and people 65 years and older,” said Mike Ragain, M.D., Chief Medical Officer, UMC Health System.

Each year in the United States, one in five people may get the seasonal flu. More than 200,000 people are hospitalized from flu complications and about 36,000 people die from flu-related causes every year. The flu is most dangerous for the young, the old and those with underlying conditions.

UMC Physician Network Services locations still administering the flu shot are listed below. Walk-ins are welcome, but please call ahead if you can.  

 

·Slation primary clinic

o       130 N. 7th Street, Slaton. Ph: 806.828.5822

·        Idalou Clinic

o       113 Walnut Street, Idalou. Ph: 806.892.2537

·        Garza County Health Clinic

o       1104 N. Avenue S, Post. Ph: 806.495.2853

·        Family Medical Care

o       1208 N. I-27, Plainview. Ph: 806.296.2444

·        Shallowater Clinic

o       1502 12th Street, Shallowater. Ph: 806.832.4566

·        Wolfforth Clinic

o       502 E. Highway 62/82, Wolfforth. Ph: 806.866.0158

·        Freedom Clinic

o       5022 Avenue Q. Ph: 806.762.3597

·        Express Care Clinic, South Plains Mall

o       6002 Slide Road. Ph: 806.761.0450

·        Minor Emergency Center

o       5015 University Avenue. Ph: 806.797.4357

·        I-27 Medical Center

o       4105 I-27, Lubbock. Ph: 806.762.2633

·        LakeRidge Primary Health Center

o       5130 82nd Street. Ph: 806.794.9378

·        Olton Clinic

o       524 E. 8th Street. Ph: 806.285.2633

·        Dr. Kenneth Rice

o       UMC Medical Office Plaza, 3502 9th Street, Ste. 170. Ph: 806.761.0566

 

In addition to yearly vaccination, other tips for avoiding the flu include:

 

• Cover nose and mouth with a tissue when you cough. Throw away the tissue after you use it.

• Wash hands often with soap and water, especially after you cough or sneeze. Alcohol-based hand sanitizers are also effective.

• Avoid touching eyes, nose or mouth. Germs often spread this way.

 

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