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MORE COVID-19 Information

The Texas Department of State Health Services (DSHS) is working closely with the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) in monitoring the new coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID‑19) that is causing an outbreak of respiratory illness worldwide. You can find the current Texas case count on our News Updates page. Browse this site for what […]

The Immunization Clinic Guidance Related to COVID–19

Please call ahead for appointments as we have shortened our hours and the swiftly changing situation in our city. Our facility has been completely sanitized and have no staff with known exposures. Currently, due to our small size we are still open but, have more limited hours. We will be exercising CDC recommended social distancing […]

Novel Coronavirus in China

Warning – Level 3, Avoid Nonessential Travel Alert – Level 2, Practice Enhanced Precautions Watch – Level 1, Practice Usual Precautions KEY POINTS • CDC recommends that travelers avoid all nonessential travel to China. • There is an ongoing outbreak of respiratory illness caused by a novel (new) coronavirus that can be spread from person […]

Td and Tdap Vaccines

At CDC’s Advisory Committee of Immunization Practices (ACIP) meeting held in October, the committee voted unanimously to approve that Td and Tdap vaccines may be used interchangeably in almost all situations where currently only Td vaccine is recommended. Specifically, Tdap may now be used instead of Td in any of the following situations: • Decennial […]

CDC Guide on the Use of HPV Vaccine

On August 16, CDC published updated guidance on the use of Human Papillomavirus Vaccination for Adults (HPV vaccine): Updated Recommendations of the Advisory Committee on Immunization. The recommendations now include the following updated information: • For children and adults age 9 through 26 years: The vaccine is routinely recommended at age 11 or 12 years, […]

CDC Declares Hepatitis A Outbreak a National Emergency

By: Kathleen Gaines BSN, RN, BA, CBC The Center for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) recently declared a national emergency amidst ongoing Hepatitis A outbreaks. In August, Florida was the most recent state to join the growing list of states to declare a Public Health Emergency. In the United States, since the outbreaks were first […]

Flu Season and What to Do

How Flu Spreads: Most experts believe that flu viruses spread mainly by tiny droplets made when people with flu cough, sneeze or talk. These droplets can land in the mouths or noses of people who are nearby. Less often, a person might get flu by touching a surface or object that has flu virus on it […]

What is Flu?

Flu is a contagious respiratory illness caused by influenza viruses that infect the nose, throat, and sometimes the lungs. It can cause mild to severe illness, and at times can lead to death. The best way to prevent flu is by getting a flu vaccine each year. Flu Symptoms Flu is different from a cold. As it usually comes […]

August Updates 2019

Vaccine Updates August 2019 Terms to Know: 1. The Advisory Committee on Immunization Practices (ACIP) is a group of medical and public health experts that develop recommendations on how to use vaccines. 2. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) As the nation’s health protection agency, the CDC saves lives and protects people from health, […]