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Flu season is here: Flu shots available in Kings Beach Oct. 20

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KINGS BEACH, Calif. and#8212; Itand#8217;s flu season and time to protect yourself. Vaccine is available from health care providers and local pharmacies.

and#8220;Influenza can leave you or your family members feeling miserable with fever, cough, runny nose and muscle pain, and unable to go to school or work,and#8221; said Dr. Richard Burton, director of the Placer County Health and Human Services Department. and#8220;Influenza typically causes the most serious illnesses in the elderly, young children, pregnant women, people with diabetes, heart, lung, kidney or liver disease, conditions affecting the immune system, and those living in long term care facilities. Tragically, more than 35,000 Americans die of seasonal flu each year.and#8221;

and#8220;Everyone should practice flu prevention by staying home when ill, covering coughs and sneezes with your elbow or using a tissue, frequent hand-washing or use of alcohol-based hand sanitizers, and avoiding close contact with people who are sick,and#8221; said Dr. Burton. and#8220;Of course, getting a flu shot is also an effective way to reduce your chances of getting the flu.and#8221;

Occasionally an individual may be advised by their healthcare provider to not get a flu vaccine due to a contraindication (such as an egg allergy).

While many people should consider getting a flu vaccine each flu season, it is recommended the following groups get vaccinated either because they are at high risk of having serious flu-related complications or because they live with or care for people at high risk for developing flu-related complications:

and#8226; Pregnant women

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and#8226; Children younger than 5, and children younger than 2 years old

and#8226; People 50 years of age and older

and#8226; People of any age with certain chronic medical conditions, such as diabetes, heart, lung disease, kidney or liver disease, and conditions affecting the immune system

and#8226; People who live in nursing homes and other long-term care facilities

and#8226; People who live with or care for those at high risk for complications from flu, including: Health care workers, household contacts of persons at high risk for complications from the flu, household contacts and out-of-home caregivers of children less than 6 months of age (these children are too young to be vaccinated)

Placer Countyand#8217;s Health and Human Services Department will provide low-cost flu clinics at their four Community Clinics locations. Flu shots cost $20, but there is no charge to MediCare members with Part B who can show their MediCare cards and who are not enrolled in an HMO plan. These clinics are located in Kings Beach, Auburn, Lincoln, and Roseville and#8211; the dates, times and addresses for the first three Placer County Flu Vaccination clinics are listed below, and the Roseville date will be announced soon.

Oct. 20, 9 a.m.-4 p.m., Kings Beach Community Clinic, 8665 Salmon Ave., Kings Beach, 530-546-1970

Oct. 24, 10 a.m.-1 p.m., Auburn Community Clinic Annex, 11584 B Ave., Auburn, 530-889-7215

Nov. 4, 10 a.m.-1 p.m., Lincoln Lighthouse, Community Clinic, 427 A St., Lincoln, 530-889-7215

Date to be determined, Roseville Community Clinic, 1130 Conroy Lane, #402, Roseville, 530-889-7215

Children younger than nine years of age getting a flu vaccine for the first time will need two doses of flu vaccine.

In addition to flu vaccine in the injectable form, Placer County has available for those who meet medical guidelines, vaccine in intranasal form.

Pneumococcal vaccine (Pneumovax) will be available for those who need it. This vaccine is recommended to help prevent the most common cause of bacterial pneumonia, which is more common during the flu season. It is recommended for those 65 years of age and older, and for others with certain long-term health problems.

Residents can check with their healthcare provider to determine if they need this vaccine, or call Placer County Community Health at 530-889-7141.

Throughout 2011-2012 flu season, the most current schedule of opportunities for obtaining a flu vaccine will be available at http://www.placer.ca.gov and via recorded message at 530-889-7161.

and#8212; Submitted to aedgett@sierrasun.com