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The Comal County Office of Public Health is offering a limited number of free influenza vaccines to county residents in an effort to help combat an especially active flu season.

The vaccines will be given on a first-come, first-served basis while supplies last.

All people ages four and older are eligible to receive a flu shot. Children ages six months and older who qualify for the Texas Vaccine for Children program also can receive one of these shots says Cheryl Fraser, Comal County director of public health

“There are three key ways to avoid getting and spreading the flu: Get your flu shot, wash your hands often, and stay home if you feel sick,” Fraser says. “The influenza virus is serious, and being vaccinated is the first and most important step in protecting against flu. Although we have seen a lot of cases so far, there’s still time to get your vaccine and protect you and your family from the flu.”

Through the first three weeks of January, Comal County doctors reported more than 1,300 cases of the flu, with another 550 cases of flu-like illness.

The Office of Public Health is in Suite 102 of the county’s Goodwin Annex, 1297 Church Hill Drive, New Braunfels. Walk-ins are welcome, or residents can make an appointment or get more information by calling 830-221-1150. The office is open 8 a.m. to noon and 1-5 p.m. every weekday.

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