Bulletin Staff Report

The arrival of autumn weather means flu season isnt far behind, and Brown County residents have several options available in addition to their family physicians to get their shots this year.

The Brownwood/Brown County Health Department will hold a vaccination clinic on Monday and Tuesday next week, from 8:30 to 11:30 a.m. and from 1 to 4:30 p.m. Walk-ins are welcome, and residents needing more information may call 646-0554.

Local health department officials said an abundant supply of vaccine is expected to the available this year.

Meanwhile, the Bangs ISD School-Based Health Clinic at 700 N. Third in Bangs offers flu vaccines to the public on Tuesdays and Thursdays from 8:30 a.m. until noon. The cost is $20 per vaccine, and Medicare is accepted.

The Central Texas Veterans Health Care System is offering flu shots at the Brownwood Community Based Outpatient Clinic through November with a free flu vaccination clinic for veterans enrolled in the health care system.

Flu vaccinations will be given at the Outpatient Clinic located at 2600 Memorial Park Dr. in Brownwood weekdays from 8 a.m. to noon and 1 to 3:30 p.m. The clinic is closed on federal holidays. For information, call the VAs Brownwood Community Based Outpatient Clinic at (325) 641-0568.

The flu is a contagious respiratory illness caused by influenza viruses. It can cause mild to severe illness, and at times can lead to death. The best way to prevent the flu is by getting a flu vaccination each year.

Every year in the United States, on average, 5 to 20 percent of the population gets the flu, more than 200,000 people are hospitalized from flu complications, and about 36,000 people die from flu.

Some, such as older people, young children and people with certain health conditions, are at high risk for serious flu complications.