The Hays County Personal Health Department, following suggested Texas Department of State Health Services guidelines, is now offering the H1N1 vaccine to anyone who wants it.
Officials recommend that persons check first with their usual health care provider about vaccine availability, as the Health Department is considered a “safety net” for those who do not have a health care provider or who are uninsured or underinsured. There is a flu vaccine locator service available at www.TexasFlu.org to help locate providers with vaccine.
The Hays County PHD H1N1 vaccine clinic, located at 705 W. Hopkins St. (RR 12), Suite 112, in San Marcos, provides only the H1N1 flu vaccine – no other PHD services or vaccines are available there. Clinic hours are Mondays and Wednesdays from 8:30 a.m. to 6 p.m., Tuesdays and Thursdays from 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m., and Fridays from 8:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m.
The Health Department also offers the vaccine during its monthly immunization clinic in Dripping Springs, from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. on the first Thursday of every month at the Precinct 4 Building, 195 Roger Hanks Pkwy. All PHD clinics are closed during County holidays. For more information about the H1N1 vaccination, contact the clinic at 512-393-5580.Email | Print
If you look at the pandemic of 1977, when H1N1 or Swine Flu re-emerged after a 20 year absence, there is no shift in age-related mortality pattern. The 1977 “pandemic” is, of course, not considered a true pandemic by experts today, for reasons that are not entierely consistent. It certainly was an antigenic shift and not an antigenic drift. As far as I have been able to follow the current events, the most significant factor seems to have been that most people, who were severely affected, were people with other medical conditions.