Imperial County Prepares for Upcoming Flu Season

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 The Imperial County Public Health Department will start offering flu shots to individuals six months and older on Tuesday, October 1st at the first flu clinic. 

Walk-ins will start on October 2nd. 

 

flu shotIMPERIAL COUNTY – The Imperial County Public Health Department announced today that it would start administering flu shots on Tuesday October 1st to individuals six months and older.  The Department will host a flu clinic at the Department’s Training Center from 8am – noon.  Walk-ins for the flu shot will start on Wednesday October 2nd.   Flu shots for seniors will begin on Thursday October 3rd at regularly scheduled Senior Clinics throughout Imperial County.  This year’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, “Since 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.”   Flu activity in the  United States generally peaks between late December and early March.

Due to the delay in flu vaccine shipments this year, the Public Health Department will announce additional flu clinics as more vaccine arrives in the County.  A drive-thru flu clinic is not planned for this year.

Flu shots will be available at the Public Health Department on a walk-in basis starting Wednesday October 2nd 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, flu vaccine is 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 is an acute respiratory illness that is spread from infected persons to the throat or nose of others. 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 Federal Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), every year in the United States, an 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.

For more information regarding the flu clinics or the flu vaccine please contact the Imperial County Public Health Department’s Immunization Program at (760) 482-4906 or send an email to deniseandrade@co.imperial.ca.us .  Information will also be available on Facebook and twitter. To find a flu clinic, visit Health Map Vaccine Finder