Fall is finally here, and with it the time to protect yourself against the flu. Flu season typically starts in the fall, peaks around December and lasts through February or March. While the flu is not as dangerous as COVID-19, it can have a significant impact in a community's health. For example, during the 2018-2019 fu season, an estimated 3.4 million people in the United States got sick with influenza, which led to 16.5 million doctor's visits, more than 490,000 hospitalizations and 34,000 deaths.
Anyone can get the flu, and serious problems related to it can develop at any age, but some people are at a higher risk of developing complications, such as people 65 years and older, people of any age with certain chronic medical conditions (such as asthma, diabetes, or heart disease), those with compromised immune systems, pregnant women, and children younger than 5 years of age. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention recommends that people in these high-risk groups and those who live with them get the flu vaccine as soon as possible in the fall.
Dallas ISD is making it easier for staff to get the flu vaccine—as well as the pneumonia and shingles vaccines if eligible—through a series of clinics scheduled throughout the district starting the second week in October. The clinics will be offered in partnership with CVS and additional dates can be scheduled at sites that have at least 30 staff interested in getting the flu shot. If your campus or district facility has at least 30 staff interested in getting the flu shot, contact email@example.com to get more information and schedule a clinic.
Flu shots are free to Dallas ISD staff who are insured through TRS-Active Care plans. Space at each clinic is limited so register today!
To register for a clinic, you must be signed into the website using your EAD credentials.
To sign in, click the account dropdown at the very top of the page and select Sign In.
If you are on a mobile device, click the hamburger menu at the top right of the page, select user options in the menu, and then select Sign In.
Sign in using your EAD username and password.
You will then be able to register for the events below. Click on the event you wish to register for and then scroll down to click on the "Register" button in the description of the event.