Flu shots in North Fork Oct. 16

Nearly 240 people revived flu shots Tuesday at Mountain Christian Center in Oakhurst and at the clubhouse in Yosemite Lakes Park, during the Madera County Public Health Department’s drive-thru clinics.

A third drive-thru clinic will be held 10 - 11 a.m., Friday, Oct. 16, at the North Fork Post Office, 33173 Road 222. The vaccinations are $5 each. Anyone who can not afford the $5, can still receive a shot.

Influenza is a contagious disease that spreads around the United States every year, usually between October and May.

Flu strikes suddenly and can last several days. Symptoms vary by age, but can include fever/chills, sore throat, muscle aches, cough, headache , and runny or stuffy nose.

Infants and young children, people 65 and older, pregnant women, and people with a weakened immune system are at greater risk.

Van Do-Reynoso, Public Health Director in Madera County, said influenza is a serious disease that can lead to hospitalization and sometimes even death. During the last flu season, Madera County recorded one death associated with influenza and one intensive care unit hospitalization among residents 0-64 years-old.

Do-Reynosa said a yearly flu vaccination is the best protection to prevent the virus.

Details: Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, 1-800-232-4636,, Madera County Public Health Department, (559) 675-7893.

Staff Report