Free flu shot clinics under way
It’s flu season and the Plumas County Public Health Agency reminds folks it is time to protect themselves and those they love against the flu. A plentiful supply of the vaccine is available. Drive-through vaccination clinics are already under way. The Portola/Beckwourth clinic was held Monday, Oct. 24, and the Greenville clinic was held Tuesday, Oct. 25.
The Chester clinic will be held Thursday, Oct. 27. Enter Chester Park via Willow Street; exit via Meadow Brook Loop by Wildwood Senior Center.
The Quincy clinic will be held Friday, Oct. 28. Enter the Plumas-Sierra County Fairgrounds via Fairground Road; exit via the back of the fairgrounds on Lee Road.
Both clinics will be from 11 a.m. - to 1:30 p.m. or until vaccine is gone. Enter and exit signs will be posted. Flu forms can be downloaded at plumascounty.us.
Children younger than 7 years old will need to have an appointment with Plumas County Public Health at 283-6330 or their health care provider for their flu shot. Vaccination will not be provided anyone under 7 at the drive-through clinics.
Everyone 6 months and older should consider getting a flu vaccine each year. Occasionally an individual may be advised by their health care provider to not get a flu vaccine due to a contraindication (such as an egg allergy).
While everyone should consider getting 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:
—Children younger than 5, but especially children younger than 2.
—People 50 years of age and older.
—People of any age with certain chronic medical conditions, such as diabetes, heart, lung disease, kidney or liver disease, and conditions affecting the immune system.
—People who live in nursing homes and other long-term care facilities.
—People who live with or care for those at high risk for complications from flu, including: health care workers, household contacts of people at high risk for complications from the flu, household contacts and out-of-home caregivers of children younger than 6 months (these children are too young to be vaccinated).
Children younger than 9 getting a flu vaccine for the first time will need two doses of flu vaccine.
More information is available from Plumas County Public Health at 283-6330 or (800) 801-6330 or plumascounty.us.