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 Monday, October 6th at the first flu clinic.
Walk-ins will start on October 7th.
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IMPERIAL COUNTY – The Imperial County Public Health Department announced today that it would start administering flu shots on Monday October 6th to individuals six months and older. The Department will host a flu clinic at the Department’s Training Center from 8:00 am – noon. Walk-ins for the flu shot will start on Tuesday October 7th. Flu shots for seniors will begin on Tuesday October 7th 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.

Each year the Public Health Department conducts a mass vaccination exercise to test locations and distribution methods to prepare in the event of a local disaster or an emergency. This year, the Department will be hosting two mobile flu clinics for north county residents on Saturday October 25th as part of its annual mass vaccination exercise and to make the flu vaccine available to those areas where flu shots are not easily accessible.

The mobile flu clinics will offer flu shots at the Westmorland Community Presbyterian Church from 8:00 am -10:00 am and at the Calipatria Well-Being Center from 12:00 pm- 2:00 pm.

Flu shots will be available at the Public Health Department on a walk-in basis starting Tuesday October 7th 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