Upper respiratory illnesses surged in Austin-Travis County last year.
AUSTIN, Texas – Fall in Texas means cooler temperatures, fun festivals and family get-togethers – Unfortunately, it also coincides with a rise in COVID-19 and flu. There’s no better time than now to get that much-needed protection with vaccines.
“This time of the year marks the start of a rise in upper respiratory illnesses, a trend that’s been highlighted by the COVID-19 pandemic. Viruses such as COVID-19, flu and RSV can all cause severe symptoms leading to hospitalizations for those who are most vulnerable. It is time to protect our children, older parents and grandparents,” said Austin-Travis County Health Authority Dr. Desmar Walkes. “It’s so important for everyone to know that getting your vaccine protects your loved ones as well as yourself. ”
One appointment— Two vaccines:
Vaccines for COVID-19 and flu are available at doctors’ offices and pharmacies for the public. It is safe to receive both vaccines at the same appointment.
For those who are uninsured and underinsured, Austin Public Health (APH) offers free vaccines at our Shots for Tots and Big Shots clinics as well as our Mobile Vaccination Program clinics held throughout the community. APH does not require insurance, ID or proof of residence.
What vaccines do we need?
COVID-19 boosters and flu shots are recommended for everyone 6 months and older, so the entire family can get the vaccines they need.
When should I get vaccinated? Is it better to wait?
COVID-19 and flu are in our community – Now is the best time for you to schedule a vaccine appointment for yourself and your loved ones.