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Faith Community Health System says vaccine is the best method of preventing the influenza virus.

With the fall season in full swing and temperatures slowly dropping, Faith Community Health System (FCHS) is echoing the words of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) by encouraging area residents to take a proactive approach against the flu by getting vaccinated.

“Many people have very strong opinions in regards to the flu shot, and many of them are very vocal in person and on social media. Unfortunately, much that information is incorrect. The flu vaccine is safe and effective. It is the single best tool we have to combat the flu every year,” explains Dr. Brent Shepherd, a Family Practice/OB physician in Jacksboro. “Reducing the spread of the virus and its impact on your body is very important.”

According to the CDC, vaccines have been updated for 2019 to better match viruses expected to be circulating in the United States.

Recommendations for people with egg allergies are the same as in recent years. Those who have known allergies to eggs are encouraged to get a flu shot by the CDC but are encouraged to talk with their primary healthcare providers beforehand.

While FCHS is expected to meet local demand with the availability of flu vaccines, Dr. Shepherd cautions that individuals should not wait very long, as the flu outbreak can spread quickly throughout any community.

The best recommendation is to get vaccinated as soon as possible – and October is the best time to get vaccinated as it is in the beginning of the flu season.

Although contracting the flu virus is still possible for someone who has been vaccinated, Dr. Shepherd explains that symptoms are typically less severe than they are for someone who did not receive a flu shot.

Symptoms of the flu typically come on suddenly and may include fever or chills, a cough and sore throat, a runny and stuffy nose, muscle and body aches, headaches, and fatigue.  Most people who develop the flu are contagious for five to seven days after they show symptoms.

“If you think you have influenza, then stay away from public places.  Influenza is very contagious.  Cover your mouth and wash your hands frequency to prevent the spread of the illness.  It’s also important to be evaluated quickly by a medical professional, because most flu medications only work if given very quickly after symptoms start,” Dr. Shepherd says. “As with most illness, rest and hydration are key to making it through the illness.”

Individuals with underlying medical conditions should consult with their medical provider as early as possible to see whether they want to test for the flu and prescribe an antiviral drug.

To prevent the spread of the flu, it is recommended that individuals avoid close contact with those who are sick with the virus. Equally as important, if you suspect that you may be infected with the flu, you are encouraged to stay home.

Covering your mouth and nose when you need to sneeze or cough; frequently washing your hands to avoid spreading germs; and avoiding needlessly touching your eyes, mouth and nose are other tips recommended to prevent the spread of infections.

Following recommends of the CDC as in recent years, people ages six months and older are encouraged to be vaccinated. Seniors over 65, pregnant women, and children under the age of two are particularly vulnerable to the flu, which causes an estimated 100,000 hospitalizations 30,000 deaths a year.

Individuals interested in getting the flu shot are encouraged to stop by Faith Community Rural Health Clinics in Jacksboro, Bowie, and Alvord. Insurance plans are accepted, and a self-pay option is also available.

For more information about local healthcare programs and services, please visit www.fchtexas.com.

Although contracting the flu virus is still possible for someone who has been vaccinated, Dr. Shepherd explains that symptoms are typically less severe than they are for someone who did not receive a flu shot.

About Faith Community Health System

Faith Community Hospital is a community hospital serving the residents of Jack County, Texas. We offer a wealth of medical services including inpatient care, minor surgeries, obstetrics and other health care services.

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Alvord Clinic
115 East Bypass US Highway 287
Alvord, Texas 76225


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1010 N. Mill St.
Bowie, TX 76230


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215 Chisholm Trail
Jacksboro, TX 76458


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