House Representative

Parker, Tan

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE 10/01/2013

REP. TAN PARKER TO GET FLU SHOT FOR INFLUENZA AWARENESS DAY

Flower Mound lawmaker reminds constituents to protect themselves against this potentially deadly virus

(Flower Mound, Texas) Today, Rep. Parker will go to get his flu vaccine at the Denton County Health Department, reminding constituents of the severity of the influenza virus and the importance of taking proactive steps to prevent it. Rep. Parker will be joined by other state and local elected officials, medical personnel, and community members in an outreach effort promoting the flu vaccination.

To raise awareness of this silent killer, Rep. Parker authored successful legislation last session designating October 1 as Influenza Awareness Day. "Not many people realize this, but Texas lost 18 children to the flu last season," Parker sadly stated. "Although the influenza virus cannot be 100 percent prevented, I believe it is vitally important to raise awareness of the health risks associated with the virus, and to encourage Texans to take preventative measures to reduce exposure to these risks."

It is estimated that roughly 100 children die in an average flu season, and pandemics such as the swine flu of 2009-2010 can lead to the death of over 300 children. While the flu vaccine is by far the single best way to prevent the virus, it is estimated that 90 percent of children who die from the flu have not been vaccinated.

Rep. Parker reminds his constituents that this year's flu vaccine is now available, and is recommended for everyone 6 months and older. Flu seasons can begin as early as October, so it is important for individuals and families to go out and get the vaccine as soon as possible. For more information about the virus and where to go to get a flu vaccine, constituents can visit www.texasflu.org, or call the Denton County Health Department at 940-349-2900.

Initially elected on November 7th of 2006, Representative Parker represents both rural and urban parts of Denton County which encompasses the communities of Flower Mound, Argyle, Lantana, Dish, Ponder, Justin, Northlake, Copper Canyon, Double Oak, Bartonville, Trophy Club, Roanoke and portions of Lewisville, Fort Worth, Highland Village, Westlake and Southlake.

Serving in his 4th term in the Texas Legislature, Representative Parker is focusing his efforts on economic development, job creation, strengthening border security and immigration policy, promoting fiscally responsible government spending, providing a strong public education system, enhancing public safety and protecting family values. Representative Parker is the current Chairman of the Corrections Committee. He also serves on the Land and Resource Management Committee and the Criminal Procedure Committee.