Dr. Ron Chapman, state health officer and director of the California Department of Public Health, urged Californians who want protection from the flu to get immunized in order to prevent sickness, hospitalization and health complications.
“Thousands of serious illnesses, hospitalizations and deaths can be prevented if Californians receive a flu vaccine as soon as possible,” Chapman said. “We can’t predict exactly when flu will arrive, but getting vaccinated now will help you and your family stay healthy when that time comes.”
To that effort, Vintage House senior center will be hosting a flu shot clinic on Saturday, Oct. 26, from 9 a.m. to noon. There is a suggested donation of $20, and shots will be available for those 6 months and up. Vintage House is located at 264 First St. E, and can be reached at 996-0311.
Health officials recommend the flu vaccine for everyone, every year.
“Even if you were vaccinated against the flu last year, you will need a new vaccine this year,” said Dr. Chapman. “Check with your health care provider if you have questions about your vaccine options.”