As the traditional flu season begins in November, health officials are reminding community members that it’s a great time to get their flu vaccine.
“We highly recommend getting your flu shot before flu season is in full swing and lots of people are sick,” said Cathy Dunbar, El Dorado County immunization coordinator.
The El Dorado County Health Services Department is holding community flu shot clinics through the month of November, where the seasonal flu vaccine will be offered. The vaccine will be offered free of charge to children age six months through 18 years of age, and Medicare Part B will be billed for people age 65 and older. There is an administration fee of $15 for people age 19 through 64, but no one will be turned away due to inability to pay. Both the flu shot and nasal flu mist will be available. Flu mist is recommended for healthy people ages two to 49.
Upcoming community flu shot clinics include:
Oct. 29: Noon. to 2:30 p.m. at the Pioneer Bible Church, 6851 Mount Aukum Road, Somerset.
Nov. 3: 1:30 to 3:30 p.m. at the Pollock Pines Community Church, 6361 Pony Express Trail, in the Evergreen Room, Pollock Pines.
Nov. 5: 2 to 4 p.m. at the Community Church, 5061 Sciaroni Road, Grizzly Flat.
Nov. 9: 2 to 4 p.m. at the County Fairgrounds, 100 Placerville Drive, in the Organ Room, Placerville.
Nov. 29: 1 to 3:30 p.m. at the County Fairgrounds, 100 Placerville Drive, in the Organ Room, Placerville.
“We encourage everyone to come out and get their flu shot,” said 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, health care workers and caregivers are especially encouraged to be vaccinated.”
The vaccine is licensed for people age 6 months and older. People who are severely allergic to eggs or egg products, and infants younger than six 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 www.edcgov.us/publichealth or on the county Flu Hotline at (530) 621-6188.