Who Needs a Flu Shot? You Do, and so Does Your Family

It’s flu season, and flu vaccine is recommended for everyone ages 6 months and older. Visit your health care provider or one of the many retail locations that offer the vaccine, including drug stores and grocery stores.

Shasta County Public Health is also offering clinics where people can get flu vaccine (shots or nasal spray), along with pneumonia and whooping cough (Tdap) shots. Times and dates are:

    Drive-through flu vaccine clinics:

  • Oct. 12, 10 a.m. to 1 p.m.: Shasta District Fairgrounds, Anderson
  • Oct. 26, 10 a.m. to 1 p.m.: Redding Convention Center
    Other flu vaccine clinics:

  • Oct. 25, 10 a.m. to noon, John Beaudet Senior Center, Shasta Lake
  • Nov. 2, 10 a.m. to noon, Shasta Senior Nutrition Program, Redding
  • Nov. 3, 9 to 11:30 a.m., Intermountain Fairgrounds, Fall River
  • Nov. 17, 4 to 7 p.m., Mt. Shasta Mall (JC Penney court), Redding

Flu and pneumonia shots are $10 each. Tdap shots are $10 for age 18 and younger, and $42 for age 19 and up. Pneumonia shots are available in limited supply for $10; price will go up to $48 when state-funded supply runs out. Cash, check, Medi-Cal and Medicare Part B are accepted (no private insurance). Vaccine is also available by appointment only at Public Health’s main office on Breslauer Way and at its regional offices in downtown Redding, Anderson and Burney. Call 225-5591 or 1-800-971-1999.

    This year, all people 6 months of age and older should get vaccinated for flu. Those at highest risk for seasonal flu are:

  • Adults 50 years and older
  • Persons of any age with certain chronic medical conditions
  • Children age 6 months – 18 years
  • Pregnant women
  • People who live in nursing homes and long-term care facilities
  • 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, and household contacts and out-of-home caregivers of children less than 6 months of age (these children are too young to receive flu vaccine.)

For more information, visit www.shastaflushots.com or call 225-5591.

-from press release
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4 Responses

  1. Avatar EdgarWard says:

    So as I say, I wake up every morning, thankful that I have exceptional health insurance coverage I found through "Penny Health" for my family because it gives me peace of mind knowing that my family can count on me to deliver their health care needs.

  2. Avatar pmarshall says:

    Had a flu shot; now I need a shingles shot. I will have to make a call. Thanks for all the info.

  3. Avatar Debbie R. says:

    On October 15th, I had my 2011 flu vaccine at approximately 2:00 pm. I have been vaccinated every year for some time with no adverse affects. This year was different.

    By 3:00, I began to feel rather tired and irritated. By 8:00 pm, I was sick. Body aches, fever, chills, and cough throughout the night. I took aspirin, drank fluids and went to bed. The next morning I felt better but not completely. As the day went on, the situation seemed to subside.

    I assume the vaccine caused this as I was fine beforehand and had not been around anyone who was sick. In addition if this were a true illness, these symptoms would have continued longer then just overnight.

    • Avatar Ty Hardin says:

      I did the same thing, twice in two years. This year, 2012, I'm keeping away from all needles that I can. I've heard stories about these shots. I'm giving up this year to see if they are true. Use your own judgement, but as for me? Not this year.