HANFORD — The Kings County Health Department wants to make sure that everyone gets their flu shots this year.
The department is currently offering influenza vaccines at building 3, located at 330 Campus Drive in Hanford. Flu vaccines will also be offered during regular immunization clinic times in Avenal and Corcoran, and at special flu vaccine clinics in Stratford, Kettleman City and Lemoore.
There is an $8 administration fee for the uninsured or underinsured, or no cost at special participating events.
The Health Department is also hosting a free drive-thru flu shot clinic at Alma’s Flea Market on Thursday, Oct. 25, from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. All Kings County residents are invited to attend and receive a free flu shot during this event, without even having to leave their car.
The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), the California Department of Public Health and the Kings County Health Department all recommend that everyone over the age of 6 months old receive a flu vaccination every year. The CDC website states that the flu vaccine is both safe and effective.
Department officials said receiving an annual flu vaccination is the primary and best way to protect yourself and your family from the flu. Flu vaccinations can reduce flu illnesses, doctors’ visits and missed time at work and school due to the flu illness, as well as prevent flu-related hospitalizations.
The more people who get vaccinated, the more people will be protected from the flu, including older people, very young children, pregnant women and people with certain health conditions who are more vulnerable to serious flu complications.
The following groups are especially encouraged to be vaccinated:
- Children 6 months to 5 years old
- People and family members of people with serious medical conditions, such as: asthma; chronic diseases of the lungs, heart, or kidneys; compromised immune systems
- Pregnant women and their family members
- People older than 50 years old
- Family members of infants under 6 months old
- Health care workers
- American Indian/Alaska natives
- Residents of nursing homes or other long-term facilities
- Those who are morbidly obese
The department would also like to remind residents:
- Flu vaccines have been updated this year to better match circulating viruses
- The recommendations for vaccination of people with egg allergies have changed
- This season, only injectable flu vaccines (flu shots) will be available
- Nasal spray vaccine will not be available at the Health Department
The clinic schedule is available online at www.countyofkings.com/health. For more information, contact your health care provider or the Health Department at 584-1401 or 1-800-649-5399.