The Calaveras County Public Health Department encourages residents who have not been vaccinated against the flu to do so soon.
“Flu cases in the U.S. have occurred earlier than normal and the severity of the flu this year is greater,” reported Dr. Dean Kelaita, County Health officer.
State and county health officials anticipate increased flu activity in California in the coming weeks and urge vaccination now. “Getting vaccinated now allows time for immunity to develop from the vaccine before cases increase,” Kelaita explained.
People at high risk for complications from the flu include: Children aged 6-months to 5-years, pregnant women, people 50 years of age and older, people of any age with certain chronic medical conditions and people who live in nursing homes and other long-term care facilities.
All persons over 6-months of age are recommended to get flu vaccine to protect young infants and high-risk family members.
Flu vaccine is available at the Calaveras County Public Health Department, 700 Mountain Ranch Road, from 3 to 5 p.m. every Monday and from 8 a.m. to noon every Thursday.
Vaccine is also available from 3 to 5 p.m. every third Tuesday of the month in Valley Springs at United Methodist Church, 135 Laurel Road.
Medi-Cal and Medicare are accepted. There is a $16 fee but no one will be turned away due to inability to pay. For more information, visit calaveraspublichealth.com or call 754-6460.