Keep the flu at bay in Tahoe |

Keep the flu at bay in Tahoe

TAHOE CITY, Calif. and#8212; Protect yourself and those around you against influenza or and#8220;the flu.and#8221; Keep your family healthy. Stay home if you are sick, wash hands often, or use alcohol-based hand cleaners. Cover your cough or sneeze with a tissue or your elbow and#8212; not into your hands.

A plentiful supply of the vaccine is available from health care providers and local retail establishments, and this seasonand#8217;s vaccine includes last seasonand#8217;s pandemic H1N1 strain as one of the three strains in the vaccine. Seasonal flu can be a very serious disease for those at greatest risk. On average 35,000 Americans die of seasonal flu each year. The federal Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and California Department of Public Health now recommend that everyone 6 months and older should get a flu vaccine each year to expand protection against the flu to more people.

Placer Countyand#8217;s Health and Human Services Department will sponsor low-cost flu clinics, located in a number of Placer County communities. One clinic, scheduled for Thursday, Oct. 14, is a drive-through clinic and will be available from 9 a.m. to noon at the Gold Country Fairgrounds upper parking lot on Fairgate Street, off Auburn Folsom Road in Auburn.

Flu shots are recommended by the department for pregnant women or those considering becoming pregnant, children younger than 5 years of age, people 50 years of age and older, people of any age with certain chronic medical conditions, such as lung or heart disease, diabetes, kidney disease, or immunosuppressive conditions, people who live in nursing homes or other group home settings, people who live with or care for those listed above that are 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 any caregivers of children less than 5 years of age.

Children younger than 9 years of age getting a flu vaccine for the first time will need two doses of flu vaccine, at least fur weeks apart. The vaccine cannot be given to infants under 6 months of age.

New this year, Placer County will also be providing Pneumovax (Pneumoccal vaccine) and Tdap (adult Tetanus, Diphtheria and Pertussis vaccine) for adults in need of either vaccine.

Visit or call 530-889-7161 for schedule information.

Oct. 12: Kings Beach Fire Station #52, 288 N. Shore Blvd., Kings Beach, 9 – 11:30 a.m.

Oct. 12: Tahoe City Fire Station #50, 300 N. Lake Blvd., Tahoe City, 1:30 p.m. – 4 p.m.

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