With plenty of flu vaccine available for Brown County residents this year, the Brownwood-Brown County Health Department will be offering a fall clinic this week in a place where there’s plenty of room to operate — the Depot Civic and Community Center.

“We’ve had the clinic at the Coliseum Annex before, but early voting is going on there now,” Jennifer McNiece, who specializes in pandemic flu preparation, said. “The health department wants everyone to know we’re going to be at the Depot.”

Hours for clinic will be from 8:30 to 11:30 a.m. and from 1 to 4 p.m. today and Tuesday.

Those who have Medicare part B should bring their card with them, and they will not be charged to receive the service. Others will be charged $20 for a flu shot and $30 for a pneumonia shot.

Walk-ins are welcome, and anyone needing more information may call 646-0554.

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 vaccination, 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 VA’s Brownwood Community Based Outpatient Clinic at (325) 641-0568.

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.