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Flu shot clinic Wednesday at Senior Center

The El Dorado County Public Health Department will conduct a flu clinic Wednesday at the South Lake Tahoe Senior Center from 10 a.m. to noon.

Shots are only available for people considered by the federal government to be high risk because there is a national shortage of flu vaccine. The high-risk group includes: people 65 or older and those with serious health conditions such as heart disease, diabetes, kidney disease, asthma, cancer or AIDS.

Other people considered to be high risk include: children 6 to 23 months old; pregnant women; residents of nursing homes; health care workers, and children 6 months to 18 years old on chronic aspirin therapy.

The health department will conduct a second clinic in Placerville Nov. 17 from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. at the county fairgrounds in the main exhibit hall at 100 Placerville Drive.

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Pneumonia vaccine, given once at the age of 65, will be available at both clinics for $22 or the cost can be covered with a valid Medicare card. A flu shot costs $10 or can be covered by Medicare.

More clinics will be announced by the county if additional doses of vaccine become available or if there is any left over from the two scheduled clinics, said Cathy Dunbar, El Dorado County immunization director.

The South Lake Tahoe Senior Center is located at 3050 Highway 50. For more information about the flu, call the health department flu hotline (530) 621-6188 or go to http://www.co.el-dorado.ca.us.

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