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Flu season spurs Placer County vaccination drive

By: Journal Staff Report
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AUBURN CA - Placer County is back into flu season and means it’s also time for a flu shot, health officials are advising. “Everyone who is at least six months of age should get a flu shot now,” said Dr. Richard Burton, Placer County’s Health Officer. “It is the first and most important step in protecting you and your family from the flu virus.” While the flu can make anyone sick, some people are at greater risk from serious complications, including those 50 years or older and young children. Health officials are also concerned about people spreading the flu. A statement from Placer County Health and Human Services says that it is especially important for people to be vaccinated if they care for or live with those at high risk for complications from flu or children less than six months of age. “Everyone should practice flu prevention by staying home when ill, covering coughs and sneezes with elbows or using tissues, frequent hand-washing or the use of alcohol-based hand sanitizers, and avoiding close contact with people who are sick,” Burton said. Vaccine is widely available in many locations throughout the community. Some local health care providers have offered vaccine at no cost this year. Three remaining clinics, for individuals age 9 and older, will be held by the Sutter Roseville Medical Center on Monday, Oct. 22 in Roseville: 11:30 a.m. – 1:30 p.m. at the First United Methodist Church, 109 Washington Blvd; Wednesday, Oct. 24 in Sheridan: 4 to 5:30 p.m. at the Sheridan Elementary School, 4730 H St.; and Friday, Oct. 26 in Roseville: 10:30 a.m. to noon at the Salvation Army, Roseville, 100 Lincoln St. For more information about the free clinics, call 916-206-1149. The Placer County Medical Clinics will offer low-cost flu shots; however there is no charge for Medicare members showing Part B cards who are not enrolled in an HMO plan. Shots will be available on Tuesday, Nov. 13 and Tuesday, Dec. 11 from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m.at the Placer County Medical Clinic in Roseville, at 1130 Conroy Lane, Suite 402. They are also available on an ongoing basis at the County’s regular immunization clinics at: • Auburn: 8 to 11 a.m. and 1 to 3:30 p.m. Fridays at the Placer County Medical Clinic, Auburn Annex, 11584 B Ave. The telephone number is 530-889-7172. • Roseville: 8 to 11:30 a.m. and 1 to 3:30 p.m. Mondays at the Placer County Medical Clinic, 1130 Conroy Lane, Suite 402. The phone number is 916-784-6444. • North Lake Tahoe: 8 to 11:30 a.m. and 1 to 3:30 p.m. Fridays at the Placer County Medical Clinic in Kings Beach, 8665 Salmon Ave. The phone number is 530-546-1970.