The Public Health Division of the El Dorado County Health and Human Services Agency has wrapped up its community flu vaccination clinics for the season, and is now offering the flu vaccine by appointment. The seasonal influenza vaccine is available through Public Health for only $10 per vaccination. No one will be turned away due to inability to pay. To schedule a vaccination appointment, call (530) 621-6100 in Placerville or (530) 573-3155 in South Lake Tahoe.
Influenza-like-illness activity levels nationwide are currently higher than last season. Based on data from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, the early arrival of flu like illness in the population may be a sign of an early and strong influenza season
“It is recommended that everyone get vaccinated against the flu annually,” said El Dorado County Immunization Coordinator, Cathy Dunbar. “If you haven’t done so already, now is the time to get vaccinated.”
People at high risk for serious complications from the flu, and their close contacts, are especially encouraged to be vaccinated. These high risk individuals include children younger than age 5, adults age 65 and older, pregnant women, people with chronic health conditions (asthma and other lung disease, diabetes, neurological conditions, and heart disease), people who are morbidly obese, healthcare personnel, and those living with or caring for persons at high risk of severe influenza-related complications. Individuals must be at least 6 months of age to receive the influenza vaccine.
For additional information about the flu vaccine and Public Health services visit www.edcgov.us/publichealth.
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