2015-16 Flu Shots Available at Lassen Medical Clinic Starting September 29
Autumn has returned, and that means it’s time to get your annual Flu vaccination.
According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), an estimated 5% – 20% of Americans get Influenza (commonly known as “the Flu”) each year. The virus is highly contagious and typically spread from person to person via respiratory droplets in coughs and sneezes. Symptoms vary but often include fever, chills, fatigue, body aches, sore throat, and headache.
While the Flu is generally a miserable experience for anyone who gets it, certain populations, including very young children, babies, pregnant women, seniors and people with other existing medical conditions are at a high risk for developing Flu-related complications. Those complications can result in hospitalization and in some cases death.Preventing spread of the virus is everyone’s responsibility, including healthcare workers who see and treat patients daily. To that end, Tehama County Health Officer, Dr. Richard Wickenheiser recently sent an order memorandum to area healthcare facilities mandating influenza vaccinations or masking of healthcare workers during the 2015/2016 influenza season. The purpose of the order is to reduce healthcare worker to patient transmission of the virus. The order memorandum states:
Influenza infection accounts for an estimated 36,000 excess deaths in the US each year; 90% of which are persons >65 years of age…Influenza outbreaks have occurred on a yearly basis in our County.
The CDC recommends that Americans 6 months of age and older receive an annual Flu vaccination. Because Flu season can occur anywhere from late November to early March, and because it takes approximately two weeks for protective antibodies to develop, the CDC recommends vaccinating in October. Vaccinations received as late as December, however, can still be effective against the Flu.
This year, to make it easy and convenient for individuals and families to get vaccinated, Lassen Medical Clinic will be holding a series of Saturday Flu shot clinics. No appointment is necessary. Clinics will be held on the following Saturdays from 9am to 1pm at the Red Bluff location:
- October 3rd
- October 17th
- November 7th
- November 21st
- December 5th
Patients will receive their Flu shot during prescheduled office visits. IF you do not have a scheduled appointment and cannot attend one of the Flu shot clinics, the Red Bluff Shot Room will be open on Mondays, Wednesday mornings, Thursday afternoons and on Fridays. In addition to the standard Flu shot, a Flu mist option (that is administered via the nose) will be available for patients aged 2 yrs. – 49 yrs. while supplies last. Please note that two doses (spaced 4 weeks apart) will be required for patients aged 2 yrs. – 8 yrs. who are vaccinating for the first time. Flu mist cannot be given to asthmatic patients.