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Flu Season Is Coming: Help Stay Healthy With A Flu Shot

September 24, 2010

It’s time to protect yourself and those you love against influenza, or “the flu.” Keep your family healthy by:

  • Staying home if you are sick.
  • Washing your hands often, or by using alcohol-based hand cleaners when you can’t wash.
  • Covering your cough or sneeze with a tissue or by coughing or sneezing into your elbow; not into your hands.

 

Along with these preventive measures, a plentiful supply of the vaccine is available from health care providers and local retail establishments, and this season’s vaccine includes last season’s pandemic H1N1 strain as one of the three strains in the vaccine. By getting vaccinated, you are not only reducing your chances of getting the flu, you are also protecting others by not spreading the flu to them.

Seasonal flu can be a very serious disease for those at greatest risk, and on average 35,000 Americans die of seasonal flu each year. The federal Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and California Department of Public Health now recommend that everyone 6 months and older should get a flu vaccine each year to expand protection against the flu to more people.

“Influenza can leave you or your family members feeling miserable with fever, cough, runny nose and muscle pain, and unable to go to school or work,” said Dr. Richard Burton, Health Officer and Director of Placer County Health and Human Services. “Getting a flu shot is an excellent way to reduce your chances of getting the flu – this shot provides protection against this year’s most common strains of flu, including H1N1."

Placer County’s Health and Human Services Department will once again sponsor low-cost flu clinics. These clinics are conveniently located in a number of Placer County communities. One clinic, scheduled for Thursday, Oct.14, is a drive-through clinic and will be available from 9 AM to 12 PM at the Gold Country Fairgrounds upper parking lot on Fairgate Street, off Auburn Folsom Road in Auburn.

While everyone should get a flu vaccine each flu season, it is especially important that the following groups get vaccinated either because they are at high risk of having serious flu-related complications or because they live with or care for people at high risk for developing flu-related complications:

  • Pregnant women or those considering becoming pregnant
  • Children younger than 5 years of age
  • People 50 years of age and older
  • People of any age with certain chronic medical conditions, such as lung or heart disease, diabetes, kidney disease, or immunosuppressive conditions
  • People who live in nursing homes or other group home settings
  • People who live with or care for those listed above that are at high risk for complications from flu, including:
    • Health care workers
    • Household contacts of persons at high risk for complications from the flu
    • Household contacts and any caregivers of children less than 5 years of age

Children younger than nine years of age getting a flu vaccine for the first time will need two doses of flu vaccine, at least 4 weeks apart. The vaccine cannot be given to infants under 6 months of age.

New this year, Placer County will also be providing Pneumovax (Pneumoccal vaccine) and Tdap (adult Tetanus, Diphtheria, and Pertussis vaccine) for adults in need of either vaccine.

An updated schedule of the County’s flu shot clinics is available on line at www.placer.ca.gov. Residents can also call the County’s flu hotline (530-889-7161) for schedule information.

Flu shots - $20
There is no charge to Medicare members with Part B and who are not enrolled in an HMO plan. Please bring your Medicare card with you.

Pneumovax (Pneumococcal vaccine) - $20
There is no charge to Medicare members with Part B and who are not enrolled in an HMO plan. Please bring your Medicare card with you.

Tdap (Adult Tetanus/Diphtheria/Pertussis) - $16

Here is a list of Placer County Flu Vaccination clinics:

Multipurpose Senior Center AUBURN
11577 E Ave. September 29 9:00 a.m. -12:00 noon
Auburn, Ca 95603 Wednesday

Maidu Community Center ROSEVILLE
1550 Maidu Drive October 7 9:00 a.m. -12:00 noon
Roseville, CA 95661 Thursday

Kings Beach Fire Station #52 TAHOE
288 North Shore Blvd October 12 9:00 a.m. -11:30 a.m.
Kings Beach, CA 96143 Tuesday

Tahoe City Fire Station #50 TAHOE
300 North Lake Blvd October 12 1:30 p.m. – 4:00 p.m.
Tahoe City, C 96145 Tuesday

Gold Country Fairgrounds Parking Lot AUBURN
Fairgate & Auburn-Folsom Road October 14 9:00 a.m. -12:00 noon
Auburn, CA 956013 Thursday

Sierra Vista Community Center COLFAX
55 School Street October 19 9:00 a.m. -11:30 a.m.
Colfax, CA 95713 Tuesday

Foresthill Veterans Memorial Hall FORESTHILL
24601 Harrison Road October 21 9:00 a.m. -11:30 a.m.
Foresthill, CA 95631 Thursday

Lincoln Mc Bean Park Pavilion LINCOLN
65 Mc Bean Drive October 28 9:00 a.m. - 11:30 a.m.
Lincoln, CA 95648 Thursday

Maidu Community Center ROSEVILLE
1550 Maidu Drive November 4 9:00 a.m. – 12 noon
Roseville, CA 95661 Thursday

Residents with general seasonal flu questions can call Placer County Community Health.

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