The El Dorado County Health Services Department, Public Health Division will begin its annual series of low-cost community flu shot clinics on Sept. 27, with additional clinics offered through the beginning of November.
The vaccine to protect against seasonal influenza will be available in both nasal mist and flu shot forms at the flu clinics.
“It is recommended that everyone get vaccinated against the flu annually,” said El Dorado County Immunization Coordinator Cathy Dunbar. “High risk individuals, such as people over age 60, individuals with chronic health conditions, residents of nursing homes, pregnant women, parents of children under six months of age, children 6 months to 4 years of age, health care workers and caregivers are especially encouraged to be vaccinated, but anyone who wishes to be protected against the flu should be vaccinated as well.”
The cost of the flu vaccine is $10, but the fee will be waived if an individual cannot pay. Standard Medicare Part B will be billed for people age 65 and older; Medicare HMOs and other insurance cannot be billed. Seniors must bring their Medicare card to the clinic for billing purposes and parents should bring their child’s immunization record. The Tdap (whooping cough) booster shot and Pneumonia vaccine will also be available at the clinics for $10 per shot.
Community flu shot clinic dates and locations are as follows:
Sept. 27 from 1:30 to 4:30 p.m. at the Pollock Pines Community Church, 6361 Pony Express Trail, in the Evergreen Room, Pollock Pines.
Sept. 28 from 2:30 to 5 p.m. at the Georgetown Fire Station, 6285 Main St., Georgetown.
Oct. 5 from 2:30 to 5 p.m. at the Garden Valley Fire Department, 4860 Marshall Road, Garden Valley.
Oct. 6 from 1 to 4 p.m. at the Pioneer Bible Church, 6851 Mount Aukum Road, in the Fellowship Hall, Somerset.
Oct. 8 from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. at the Divide Wellness Center, 6065 Highway 193, Georgetown.
Oct. 12 from 1:30 to 4:30 p.m. at the County Fairgrounds, 100 Placerville Drive, in the Organ Room, Placerville.
Oct. 20 from 12:30 to 3 p.m. at the Mother Lode Lions Hall, 4701 Missouri Flat Road, Diamond Springs.
Oct. 26 from 1:30 to 4:30 p.m. at the Cameron Park Fire Department, 3200 Country Club Drive, Cameron Park.
Nov. 1 from 12:30 to 3:30 p.m. at the El Dorado Hills Senior Center, 990 Lassen Lane, in the Small Game Room, El Dorado Hills.
Nov. 4 from 2 to 4 p.m. at the Community Church, 5061 Sciaroni Road, Grizzly Flat.
Nov. 9 from 1:30 to 4:30 p.m. at the County Fairgrounds, 100 Placerville Drive, in the Organ Room, Placerville.
Dates and locations for community flu clinics in the South Lake Tahoe area will be announced soon, according to Dunbar.
People who are severely allergic to eggs or egg products, and infants younger than 6 months of age should not get the vaccine. Individuals should check with their healthcare provider if they are unsure whether they should receive the flu vaccine.
Updated information about the community flu shot clinics can be found online at edcgov.us/publichealth or on the county Flu Hotline at (530) 621-6188.