Health and Human Services Department offers free flu shots

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by KVUE.com

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Posted on September 21, 2013 at 5:57 PM

AUSTIN -- Flu season is quickly approaching, and the Austin/Travis County Health and Human Services Department is hosting clinics for free flu vaccines.

Today's clinic was held at the Saint John Community Center.

The free flu shots are available to uninsured and under-insured residents six months and older and all medicare recipiants.

The clinics do require appointments, and health officials say now is the time to get your flu shot.

"It's never too early to get a flu shot," said Coleen Christian with the Austin/Travis County Health and Human Services Department. "If you get it now, in September or October, that will protect you through the flu season, which, tradiitonally, here in Texas, we start seeing it around Christmas time, and then it peaks around Valentine's Day and continues through the spring."

There are six more clinics scheduled through October. The next will take place next Saturday at the South Austin Neighborhood Center on Durwood Street from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m.

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