County releases Flu Clinic information

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IMPERIAL COUNTY – The Imperial County Public Health Department announced today that it would start administering flu shots on Thursday Octo ber 4th to individuals six months and older. The Department will host three separate flu clinics in October including a Drive-Thru Flu Clinic at the Imperial Valley Expo on Saturday October 27th. Flu shots for seniors will begin on Monday October 1st at regularly scheduled Senior Clinics throughout Imperial County. This year’s flu vaccine will protect against seasonal flu.

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.

The Public Health Department-sponsored flu clinics will be held on the following dates:
  • Thursday, October 4thfrom 7:30 am – 12:30 pm (Public Health Dept.)
  • Tuesday, October 9th from 1:00 pm – 6:00 pm (Public Health Dept.)
  • Saturday, October 27th from 7:30 am – 10:30 am (I.V. Expo in Imperial)

The clinics will take place at the Imperial County Public Health Department’s Training Center, 935 Broadway in El Centro. There is no appointment necessary to get a flu shot at any of the scheduled clinics. The cost for receiving the flu shot will be $5.00 (payments in cash or check preferred).

The Public Health Department will be hosting its sixth Drive-Thru Flu Vaccination Clinic in partnership with the Imperial Valley Expo and local healthcare providers on Saturday, October 27th from 7:30 am to 10:30 am at the IV Expo (fairgrounds) in Imperial. Individuals attending this clinic should arrive in a vehicle and expect to stay with their vehicle while at the clinic. Short sleeve shirts are recommended for faster service.

Flu shots will be available at the Public Health Department on a walk-in basis during regular work hours (Monday through Friday from 8:00 am to 12:00 pm

and 1:00 pm to 5:00 pm) starting Wednesday, October 10th. 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, an acute respiratory illness, 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
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