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
“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
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
· Idalou Clinic
o 1104 N. Avenue S, Post. Ph: 806.495.2853
· Family Medical Care
o 1208 N. I-27,
· Shallowater Clinic
· 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 4105 I-27,
· Olton Clinic
· Dr. Kenneth Rice
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.