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Influenza (flu)

Influenza (flu) is a contagious respiratory illness caused by a virus. It is often spread by tiny droplets made when people with the flu cough, sneeze, or talk. Symptoms start suddenly and can include fever, cough, sore throat, runny nose, body aches, headaches, fatigue (very tired), and young children may vomit or have diarrhea.

The most effective way to prevent the flu is through vaccination. If your child has not been vaccinated against the flu, it is very important that you contact your health care provider or you may get the vaccine at minimal or no cost from the locations listed below:

Enrollment Center Clinic
720 Stadium Drive
Wednesdays by appointment
Fourth Monday of every month 5:00 p.m.-7:00 p.m. (October 22, November 26) - no appointment needed
*** Free for uninsured, underinsured, Medicaid, American Indian/Native American or Alaskan Native

The Doctor Spot
Freeman Elementary Southgate Elementary
1120 Walnut Street 1115 Mayfield
Thursdays 8:30-3:30 Fridays 8:30-3:00
***Free for uninsured or Medicaid eligible

The Garland Health Department
206 Carver Street
Monday-Friday 7:30-5:30, no appointment needed
Cost: $14/ one vaccine, $25/ two vaccines, $30/ three or more vaccines
CHIP: Copay as per Dr. Visit, Medicaid: Free
Accepts private insurance: Blue Cross Blue Shield, United, Cigna, or Humana
for instructions, questions, or concerns.


Review the following documents for important heath information. Keep in mind that the information about viruses is provided for information only and does not indicate an outbreak in our area.

Strep throat / Sore throat


Heat-Related Illness

Pink Eye/ Conjunctivitis

Lice / Pediculosis

Staph / Methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus Aureus (MRSA)



West Nile Virus

Enterovirus D68

Pertussis (Whooping Cough)

Tuberculosis (TB)

Bacterial Meningitis

Zika Virus