The Imperial County Public Health Department will start offering flu shots to walk-ins Wednesday, October 2

IMPERIAL COUNTY — The Imperial County Public Health Department announced today that it would start administering flu shots Wednesday, October 2, to individuals six months and older as walk-ins. Flu shots for seniors began October 1 at regularly scheduled senior clinics throughout Imperial County. This year’s flu vaccine will protect against seasonal flu. The cost of the flu shot is $5.  

Public Health Officer Dr. Stephen Munday said, “The flu vaccine takes about two weeks to become effective and 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 shots will be available at the Public Health Department on a walk-in basis during regular work hours (Monday through Friday from 8 a.m. to 12 p.m. and 1 p.m. to 5 p.m.) In addition, the department will be offering flu vaccines at various community events in partnership with local community organizations. Flu vaccines are also available at local physicians' offices, community clinics and pharmacies. Individuals who wish to receive the flu shot from their doctor will need to contact them 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) 265-1386 or send an email to mariaskrede@co.imperial.ca.us

Information will also be available on Facebook and Twitter. To find a flu clinic, visit Health Map Vaccine Finder at https://vaccinefinder.org/

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