IMPERIAL COUNTY â€“ The Imperial County Public Health Department announced Monday it would start administering flu shots Wednesday, October 7 to individuals six months and older. The Department will host a flu clinic at the Departmentâ€™s Training Center from 8:00 am â€“ noon. Walk-ins for the flu shot will start on Thursday October 8th. Flu shots for seniors will begin Thursday October 1st at regularly scheduled Senior Clinics throughout Imperial County. This yearâ€™s flu vaccine will protect against seasonal flu. The cost for receiving the flu shot will be $5.00.
Dr. Stephen Munday, Public Health Officer stated, â€œSince the flu vaccine takes about two weeks to become effective, the Public Health Department strongly advises all individuals who are eligible, to get their flu shots early to lessen their risk of contracting the flu this flu season and in preparation for the Holiday season.â€ Flu activity in the United States generally peaks between late December and early March.
Each year the Public Health Department conducts a mass vaccination exercise to test out sites to administer vaccine, medication or other assistance in the event of a local disaster or an emergency. The Department offers flu shots during these exercises to try to simulate a real event as closely as possible. This year, the Department will host a vaccination clinic at San Pasqual Valley High School Library in Winterhaven on Thursday October 15th from 4:00-7:00 pm as part of its annual vaccination exercise.
The Department makes an effort to offer flu vaccine to those areas where flu shots are not easily accessible. For this reason the flu shot will be offered at no cost at this particular clinic. Flu shots will be available at the Public Health Department on a walk-in basis starting Thursday October 8th during regular work hours (Monday through Friday from 8:00 am to 12:00 pm and 1:00 pm to 5:00 pm.)
Flu Clinics for seniors are being held in various areas of the County. In addition, the Department will be offering flu vaccine at various community events in partnership with local community organizations. Flu vaccine is also available with local physicians, community clinics and local pharmacies. Individuals who wish to receive the flu shot from their doctor will need to contact their healthcare provider directly about the availability of flu vaccine.
Influenza (flu) is a contagious respiratory illness that can cause mild to severe illness. Signs and symptoms of the flu include fever, headache, extreme tiredness, dry cough, sore throat, runny or stuffy nose, and muscle aches. According to the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), every year in the United States, on average 5% to 20% of the population gets the flu; more than 200,000 people are hospitalized from flu complications, and about 36,000 people die from the flu each year. Some people, such as older adults, young children, and people with certain health conditions, are at higher risk for suffering serious complications from the flu. The best way to prevent the flu is by getting vaccinated each year.
For more information regarding the flu clinics or the flu vaccine please call (442) 265-6777 or send an email to firstname.lastname@example.org . Information will also be available on Facebook and twitter. To find a flu clinic, visit Health Map Vaccine Finder