Community flu shot clinics announced in El Dorado County
The El Dorado County Health Services Department will hold its annual community flu shot clinics from September through November this year. The seasonal flu vaccine will be available and is licensed for people age 6 months and older.
“Most everyone can benefit from getting the seasonal flu vaccine,” said Cathy Dunbar, El Dorado County immunization coordinator. “High risk individuals, such as people over age 60, individuals with chronic health conditions, residents of nursing homes, pregnant women, parents of children under 6 months of age, health care workers and caregivers are especially encouraged to be vaccinated.”
The vaccine is offered free of charge to children age 6 months through 18 years. The department will bill Medicare Part B for those age 65 and older. There is an administration fee of $15 for people 19 through 64 years of age. No one will be turned away due to inability to pay. Parents are advised to bring their child’s immunization record; seniors should bring their Medicare card.
Community flu shot clinic dates and locations are as follows:
– Sept. 29 from 9 a.m. to noon at the Senior Center, 3050 Lake Tahoe Blvd.
– Oct. 13 from 9 a.m. to noon at the Senior Center, 3050 Lake Tahoe Blvd.
– Oct. 20 from 9 a.m. to noon at the Senior Center, 3050 Lake Tahoe Blvd.
– Nov. 3 from 1:30 p.m. to 3:30 p.m. at the Pollock Pines Community Church, 6361 Pony Express Trail, Pollock Pines.
People who are severely allergic to eggs or egg products, and infants younger than 6 months of age should not get the vaccine. Individuals should check with their healthcare provider if they are unsure whether they should receive the flu vaccine. Updated information about the community flu shot clinics can be found online at http://www.edcgov.us/publichealth or on the county flu hotline at 530-621-6188.
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