Dallas health officials are pushing residents to keep getting vaccinated – NBC 5 Dallas-Fort Worth

Dallas County leaders are urging people in the county to stay up to date on vaccines ahead of the start of the summer travel season.

While vaccines have become a hot topic amid the pandemic, county leaders and public health officials want to make sure people don't become careless and are heeding recommendations from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

Dallas County Judge Clay Jenkins and Dallas County Health and Human Services Director Dr. Philip Huang on Monday joined with several residents over the age of 65, including Jenkins' mother, to tell the seniors about their COVID To be reminded to get -19 vaccination and booster.

“The most recent dominant strain of the virus that causes COVID-19 serves as a reminder that the virus is not going away and individuals are continuing to get sick and for longer periods of time,” Jenkins said. “Are experiencing ongoing impacts from COVID.”

Huang also said anyone who gets their COVID-19 vaccine will be eligible to receive a $25 Walmart gift card.

The CDC recently recommended that this high-risk age group should receive an additional dose of the COVID-19 vaccine for additional protection against the virus and should also include the vaccine for mpox.

Mpox vaccines are especially important for people in the LGBTQ+ community.

Officials encourage people to get vaccinated now before taking summer trips or attending large summer gatherings, where there are greater opportunities to be exposed.

Although this school year isn't over yet, the county health department is also encouraging parents to get back-to-school vaccinations before students head back to school in August.

County Health Vaccine Information

Dallas County Vaccine Information

The Dallas County Department of Health and Human Services has a half-dozen clinics across the county where residents can receive vaccinations.

All clinics can provide all vaccines.

Click here for a list of clinics, hours, fees and availability. All DCHHS vaccination clinics are administering all COVID-19 vaccines at no cost.

West Nile virus

Huang also warned that with late spring and summer comes the risk of West Nile virus. He suggested that people continue to follow 4D and limit activity around evening and morning.

How to protect yourself from mosquito bites

  • Dress Wear long sleeves and pants when outside: For added protection, spray repellent on thin clothing.
  • DEET: Make sure this ingredient is in your insect repellent.
  • Drain Stagnant water in your yard and neighbourhood: Mosquitoes can breed in standing water for more than three days.

In the past it has been recommended that you should avoid being outside to avoid mosquito bites Dusk And Dawn (4D), While this is true of the mosquitoes that commonly spread West Nile virus, other types of mosquitoes that are more likely to spread Zika, dengue, and chikungunya are active during the day. When outside, no matter what time of day, adjust your attire accordingly and wear insect repellent containing DEET, picaridin or oil of lemon eucalyptus as a first line of defense against insect bites.

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