Placer County Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) will hold free, public H1N1 vaccine clinics through the month of January. Clinics will be offered as follows:
- Tues., Jan. 12, Sierra Vista Center, 55 School St., Colfax, from 1 p.m. to 5 p.m.;
- Thurs., Jan 14, McBean Park, 65 McBean Park Dr., Lincoln, from 2 p.m. to 6 p.m.;
- Tues., Jan 19, Placer County Clinic, 8665 Salmon Ave., Kings Beach; 9:30 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. and 1 p.m. to 4 p.m.;
- Tues., Jan 26, Placer County Clinic, 8665 Salmon Ave., Kings Beach; 9:30 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. and 1 p.m. to 4 p.m.;
- Tues., Jan. 26, William Jessup University, 333 Sunset Blvd., Rocklin, from 2 p.m. to 6 p.m.; and
- Thurs, Jan. 28, Adventure Christian Church, 6401 Stanford Ranch Rd., Roseville, from 2 p.m. to 6 p.m.
The community clinics, which in some cases are held in coordination with cities, are open to Placer County residents. There is no cost for any of the vaccinations. Children who need a second dose may also attend the community clinics, or may hear from their schools that clinics have been planned for them.
"The second wave of the H1N1 influenza pandemic, which began last summer, appears to be slowing down," said Dr. Mark Starr, Director of Community Health and Clinics for Placer County. "However, most flu pandemics have multiple waves and later waves can be worse. Now is the time for anyone who hasn't already received their vaccine to get one as we brace for a potential third wave."
All residents are encouraged to be vaccinated against H1N1 flu, sometimes called the “swine flu”, and those in the “target groups” for this vaccine are strongly encouraged to be vaccinated. The target groups, as identified by the federal Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, include:
- Pregnant women;
- People who live with or care for infants younger than 6 months of age;
- Health care and emergency medical personnel;
- Anyone from 6 months through 24 years of age;
- Anyone from 25 through 64 years of age with certain chronic medical conditions or a weakened immune system.
Physicians in the community have received additional vaccine as well, so individuals may wish to contact their healthcare provider to see if they have vaccine available.
Placer County will provide information through its web site, www.placer.ca.gov. To receive future information about flu clinics through direct e-mail, consider signing up for the county’s free e-newsletter, available at the above web address.