Flu shots advised

— Madera County Public Health DepartmentOctober 8, 2013 

The Madera County Public Health Department has scheduled flu vaccination clinics at several locations throughout the county. The cost of each vaccination is $5.

The flu shots provided at these sites are for persons 12 years of age and older. Persons 12 years and younger are recommended to see their pediatricians for their shots or can go to the Madera County Public Health Department for their immunization. Clinics are held at the health department in Madera 8-10 a.m. every Wednesday. Special evening immunization clinics are held 4-6:30 p.m. every second Wednesday of each month.

Flu season lasts through February, so October and November are appropriate months to get a flu shot.

"Vaccination at this time is the most effective means of preventing or mitigating influenza," said Dr. Thomas Cole, Madera County health officer. "Get the flu shot — this will help prevent you from getting and spreading the flu to your family members, friends, and co-workers."

Health officials are encouraging everyone to get vaccinated regardless of age or health status. It is recommended that everyone six months and older get vaccinated.

Madera County residents with insurance coverage should contact their health care provider regarding flu vaccination availability. Vaccines may also be available at physician's offices, clinics, pharmacies, and at special flu vaccination events promoted in retail stores. Information regarding flu vaccination opportunities can be found at www.flu.gov.

The Madera County Public Health Department influenza clinic locations, times, and dates are as follows:

Thursday, Oct. 17, 10-11 a.m.: North Fork Post Office parking lot drive-through flu clinic.

Friday, Oct. 18, 4-6 p.m.: Resource Management Agency, 2037 W. Cleveland Ave., Madera.

Details: 1-800-227-6897, (559) 675-7893, madera-county.com.

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