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Texas Pharmacists, Health Care Organizations, Elected Officials and Others Highlight Importance of Vaccinate Texas
Date:12/12/2013

DALLAS, Dec. 12, 2013 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- By December, many Texans may mistakenly feel that it is too late to get vaccinated against the flu.  But December through February is the peak season for the flu in Texas and by getting immunized during December, the vaccine will offer several more months of protection.  Running concurrently to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention's (CDC) National Influenza Vaccination week (NIVW) from December 8th – 14th, a wide array of Texas pharmacists, health care organizations, legislators and other government agencies and groups are making a push to educate Texans on the importance of receiving the flu vaccination.

"I commend all the partners who are helping to Vaccinate Texas," said Rear Admiral Epifanio (Epi) Elizondo, who serves as the Regional Health Administrator for Region VI, which includes Texas. "Those of us who work in public health know that we need to do more to increase flu vaccination rates, especially in diverse areas." 

Getting vaccinated is the best way for people to protect themselves—and others—from contracting this serious, contagious illness.  The CDC recommends that all Americans age six months and older receive a flu vaccination every year.  While vaccination offers the best protection against the flu, only about 4 in 10 Texans (41%) age six months and older received the flu vaccine during the 2011 – 2012 flu season, according to the Trust for America's Health. Texans deserves better and this year it is easier than ever to get vaccinated.

Vaccine access has expanded in recent years through legislation allowing pharmacists to give the flu vaccine to adults and children age seven and older, and through the proliferation of immunization clinics in private pract
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