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Public Health Urges Flu Vaccination
TRINITY COUNTY – In an effort to prevent significant influenza illness on top of the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic this flu season, the Trinity County Public Health Branch (TCPHB) is urging all residents to get vaccinated against the flu now to protect yourself and your loved ones.
"Flu will be hitting your community soon, and in the midst of the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic in California, getting your flu vaccine will be more important than ever," said Dr. Erica Pan, Acting State Public Health Officer. "Just like wearing a face covering, getting a flu shot is an easy and safe action we can take to keep ourselves and others healthy during the pandemic. Don't wait—vaccinate."
The California Department of Public Health (CDPH) recommends annual flu vaccination for everyone six months of age and older. Those at higher risk of getting severe flu disease include:
- People 65 years and older.
- People who smoke or have underlying medical conditions like diabetes, heart disease, asthma, lung disease, neurologic disorders, and weakened immune systems.
- Pregnant women and children under five years of age.
- At risk populations, who are disproportionally affected by chronic medical conditions that can increase the risk for severe flu or COVID-19 such as those living in poverty.
- Caregivers and residents in long-term care facilities.
- Essential workers who encounter others outside their homes.
Getting vaccinated is the best defense against the flu. In California, flu activity usually begins to increase in late November or December. Trinity County encourages residents to contact their health care provider, physician's office or clinic about getting the flu vaccine. Other Flu vaccination sites include the following:
Additional Flu vaccination sites in Redding include:
- CVS Pharmacy, 3375 Placer Street, Redding
- Walmart Pharmacy, 1515 Dana Drive, Redding
- Safeway Pharmacy, 1070 E Cypress Ave, Redding
- Rite Aid Pharmacy, 1801 Eureka Way, Redding
- Walgreens Pharmacy, 1775 Eureka Way, Redding
Besides getting immunized, you can also take everyday preventive actions to stop the spread of both influenza and COVID-19:
- Stay away from people who are sick and stay home when you or your child are sick for at least 24 hours after symptoms go away.
- Cough or sneeze into your elbow, arm or disposable tissue. If you use disposable tissue, use hand sanitizer or wash your hands afterwards.
- Wash hands frequently and thoroughly with soap and warm water or use an alcohol-based hand sanitizer.
- Avoid touching your eyes, nose and mouth.
- Wear a mask.
Other suggestions for keeping yourself and your family well during Influenza season include:
Avoid going to school or work if you are ill to help prevent the spread of disease.
If you become ill, talk to your provider about influenza antiviral agents
- COVER that cough or sneeze.
- Eating a well-balanced nutritious diet.
- Getting adequate rest.
- Frequent hand washing, especially when there is an ill person in the household.
- If you are particularly susceptible to infection avoid being around others who are sick.
- Regular exercise can help reduce stress and improve your ability to fight off the flu.
- Influenza vaccination is recommended for everyone over the age of 6 months. Pregnant women, persons with diabetes, immune compromised or respiratory/cardiac problems, and persons over 60 are at high risk
For more information and questions please contact the Public Health Department at (530) 623-1358 or 1-800-766-6147.
More information available at the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) at: