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Local flu shot clinics canceled

El Dorado County health officials have issued an updated schedule for community flu shot clinics that offer the seasonal flu vaccine.

Officials said high demand for seasonal flu vaccinations, combined with fewer doses than usual, has prompted the cancellation of several vaccination clinics. Only one South Lake Tahoe clinic will be held this year.

“The good news is that people have come out to get their seasonal flu vaccine early this year,” said Cathy Dunbar, county immunization coordinator. “The bad news is that we are running very low. We only have enough vaccine to do a few more vaccination clinics.”

More clinics will be scheduled if additional vaccine becomes available.

The El Dorado County Health Services Department will host community flu clinic on Nov. 10 from 9:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. at the South Lake Tahoe Senior Center, 3050 Lake Tahoe Blvd.

Previously scheduled flu clinics in South Lake Tahoe on Nov. 4 and 18 and on Dec. 2 have been canceled.

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The seasonal flu vaccine will be offered for free to children age six months to 18. The Health Services Department will bill Medicare Part B for people age 65 and older. A donation of $15 per vaccination for those age 19 through 64 is requested. Parents are advised to bring their child’s immunization record so the flu vaccine can be recorded. Seniors should bring their Medicare card.

Additional information about community flu shot clinics, as well as the latest information about H1N1 (swine) flu, can be found online at the Health Services Department Web site at http://www.edcgov.us/publichealth.