Respiratory Virus Guidance

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Community health is a top priority at Angelina County & Cities Health District. As we enter the season for FLU, COVID-19 and RSV in our community, we encourage everyone to do their part to stop the spread of illness by washing their hands often, cleaning surfaces regularly, staying home if sick and staying up to date on shots.

ACCHD will begin offering the flu vaccine in early October. The cost is $30 per dose and will be available to those 6 months and older. Texas Vaccine for Children (TVFC) eligible children, ages 6 months to 18 years, can receive the vaccine for $10 per dose. 

The new Covid-19 vaccine has been approved and should arrive late October or early November. Children and adults who meet eligibility requirements can receive this vaccine from ACCHD. It is also available at local pharmacies.

Follow us on Facebook and Instagram for updates, or visit CDC.gov. You can read more about each virus and its vaccine below. Please call our office if you have any questions at (936) 632-1431.

Flu

Influenza (flu) is a potentially fatal, contagious respiratory illness caused by viruses that infect the nose, throat and lungs. Flu vaccines can save and protect lives by reducing the risk of serious illness or a hospital stay.

A flu shot is very important for those at higher risk of developing serious flu complications:

  • Adults 65 and older
  • Adults with certain chronic health conditions, such as asthma, heart disease, diabetes, and chronic kidney disease
  • Pregnant people
  • Children younger than 5 years, but especially those younger than 2 years old

COVID-19

Adults and children who have recently received a Covid-19 vaccine must wait two months before receiving the new vaccine. Anyone who has not received a Covid-19 vaccine will be able to receive the vaccine immediately. The number of doses required depends on your medical history.

Uninsured adults can receive this vaccine at ACCHD, CVS and Walgreens. Eligibility requirements may apply. The vaccine is available to uninsured children at ACCHD, but they must meet TVFC eligibility guidelines. Children, adults and seniors with insurance should visit their local pharmacy or consult their medical providers about receiving a Covid-19 vaccine.

RSV

Respiratory syncytial virus (RSV) is a common respiratory virus that usually causes mild, cold-like symptoms. However, it can be dangerous for babies, toddlers and older adults.

  • Pediatric guidance: Most infants younger than 8 months, born during or entering their first RSV season, should receive one dose of the Sanofi and AstraZeneca monoclonal antibody treatment, Nirsevimab (Beyfortus), as soon as possible. Children aged 8 to 19 months at increased risk of severe RSV disease and entering their second RSV season are also recommended to receive one dose of Nirsevimab. Parents/guardians should consult their healthcare provider.
  • Older adult guidance: Adults aged 60 and older can receive their Abrysvo (Pfizer) or Arexvy (GSK) vaccine dose after discussing personal health risks with their healthcare provider.

RSV Immunizations Chart

Contact ACCHD
503 Hill Street
Lufkin, TX
(936) 632-1139
ACCHD Office Hours
Monday-Thursday, 7:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m.
Immunization Hours
Monday-Thursday, 7:30 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.

Contact WIC
205 Shands Drive
Lufkin, Texas
(936) 637-7242
WIC Office Hours
Monday-Thursday, 7:00 a.m. to 5:30 p.m.
After-Hours Breastfeeding Support
(936) 219-5550

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