Tina Venable, the director of nursing for the Plumas County Public Health Agency administers a flu vaccination, while Melodie Bennett, a health education coordinator with the agency, takes notes. Photo by Debra Moore

Public Health gives more than 1,200 flu shots during drive-thru clinics

By Debra Moore

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Perfect fall weather greeted residents across the county this week as they lined up to receive their annual flu vaccination courtesy of Plumas County Public Health. Staff held four clinics — one in each of the county’s main towns — from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. Though back-up plans existed in the event of rain, they weren’t necessary.

The final numbers are in for each community. Chester: 283; Greenville: 211; Portola: 329; and Quincy: 411.

For comparison, here is a look at how those figures compare to years past:

It’s interesting to note that fewer vaccinations were given in Chester and Greenville than in the past, while in Portola and Quincy the most shots were given this year. Tina Venable, the county health agency’s director of nursing, said that in areas such as Chester, where the population can skew older, many opt to receive their flu shots from their personal doctors or a local pharmacy, where doses designed for seniors (65 and older) are available.

Those who still need to get a flu shot can check with their healthcare provider, a local pharmacy or call Public Health at 283-6330 to schedule an appointment.

Local organizations, such as the Quincy Rotary Club, assisted with the effort and the California Highway Patrol helped with traffic control.

Representatives from the Plumas County Public Health Agency and Care Flight pose for a photo following the drive-thru flu vaccination clinic held in Quincy on Oct. 16. Photo by Debra Moore
Care Flight’s Matt Brown administers a flu shot on Oct. 16 during Quincy’s drive-thru clinic. Photo by Debra Moore

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