Community flu shot clinic announced by health department
The annual community flu shot clinic for El Dorado County residents has been announced with the first clinic at South Shore on Oct. 31.
The health department flu shot clinics are for seniors ages 60 and over as well as the following, according to the El Dorado County Health Department:
High risk individuals, infants and children six months old up to five years of age, children and adults with chronic conditions such as asthma, diabetes, heart or lung disease or neuromuscular disorders, adults and children who are immune compromised, children six months through 18 years who are receiving long-term aspirin therapy, pregnant women, household contacts and caregivers and health care workers.
The South Shore clinic will be held on Wednesday, Oct. 31, from 9 a.m. to noon at the Senior Center located at 3050 Lake Tahoe Blvd. Additional flu clinic dates and locations will be announced. Call the flu hotline at (530) 621-6188.
This year’s vaccine contains A/Solomon Islands, A/Wisconsin and B/Malaysia.
In keeping with recommendations of the American Academy of Pediatrics and the Advisory Committee on Immunization Practice, children aged 6 months through 8 years who have never had a flu shot or only received one dose the first year of vaccination should receive two doses of flu vaccine.
El Dorado County will bill Medicare Part B for seniors 65 and older. There is a $15 donation accepted for adults under 65 and a $10 donation for children through 18 years of age.
“Flu can be especially dangerous for young children, seniors, pregnant women and people with chronic illnesses such as heart disease, diabetes or asthma,” said Dr. Mark Horton, director of the California Department of Public Health. “Getting vaccinated against the flu can help reduce absences from school and work.”
Every year, more than 225,000 people are hospitalized and more than 35,000 die in the United States due to influenza and its complications.
There is an abundant supply of the influenza vaccine for this year, Horton said. To stop the spread of influenza and other respiratory illnesses, Horton encouraged Californians to take the following basic steps:
” Stay home when you are sick to avoid spreading illness to co-workers and friends.
” Cough or sneeze into your elbow or a tissue and properly dispose of used tissues.
” Wash your hands thoroughly with soap and warm water or use an alcohol-based hand sanitizer to get rid of most germs and avoid touching your eyes, nose and mouth.
” Stay healthy by eating a balanced diet, drinking plenty of water and getting adequate rest and exercise.
” Horton also reminded parents and caregivers to use acetaminophen or ibuprofen instead of aspirin when treating fever and aches in children and teenagers. Aspirin has been linked to Reye’s syndrome, a rare childhood disease which can lead to coma, brain damage and even death.
” For information about low- and no-cost flu vaccines, consumers should contact their local health departments. For more information about the flu, visit CDPH Immunization Branch Website at http://www.GetImmunizedCA.org.
To find a flu clinic, visit the American Lung Association Web site at http://www.FluClinicLocator.org.
Additional community Flu Shots can be found by checking with:
n Your own private physician or pharmacist
n Barton Memorial’s Flu Hot Line (530) 543-5830