Swine Flu Shot Still Good Idea

The swine flu epidemic hasn’t ended, and Shasta County Public Health officials still urge residents to get vaccinated.

“The virus is still circulating,” said Dr. Andrew Deckert, “and we have enough vaccine for everyone who wants it. Very young children, older adults and people with chronic diseases are at highest risk for the most severe complications if they get the flu.”

Private health care providers all over the county have the H1N1 vaccine now, and vaccinations are available at Public Health offices as well. For more info, click here.

  • If you enjoy choral music, we’ve got a treat for you. The famed Chapman University Choir will perform in Redding on Wednesday night, along with choir students from Shasta and Enterprise high schools. The concert begins at 7 p.m. at the beautiful David Marr Auditorium at the Shasta Learning Center, 2200 Eureka Way. Admission is only $1!
  • Mark Your Calendars for this Saturday, when the Redding Improv performs at Old City Hall at 1313 Market St. Doors open at 7:30 p.m.; show starts at 8 p.m. Tickets are $6 at the door.
  • Rules for Successful Living #14: Check for pitchforks before you jump in the haystack.

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2 Responses

  1. Avatar Path Forward says:

    Very refreshing to hear a health official emphasizing that VERY young children and OLDER adults are "are at highest risk for the most severe complications if they get the flu".

    Huge numbers of officials state or imply that children in general, and young adults, are most at risk. While that may be the case in terms of catching the flu, it is not the case for dying of the flu: Kids less than 1, and adults 50-64, have the highest age-group mortality rates.

    Kudos to Dr. Deckert, and I hope Shasta County finds a way to get through to all those "older adults" with underlying condition, who have absorbed hundreds of misleading messages that they are not especially at risk despite being in the "underlying conditions" priority group if they are "older" but less than 65.

  1. January 12, 2010

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