The Plumas County Public Health Agency provides FREE flu vaccine each fall through our Drive-Through and Walk-in clinics, or by appointment call the Public Health clinic at (530) 283-6330.
| FREE In-School Flu Vaccinations
The Plumas County Public Health Agency will be offering free flu vaccinations to Plumas County students at their school, the first week of December. Public Health officials said in-school vaccinations would have begun in November if not for a nationwide production delay of the nasal spray FluMist.
Public Health will provide FluMist and Flu Shots at the school clinics. All children must have a signed form from their parent to receive the vaccination. Schools will be sending the forms home for your child or you can find them at http://www.plumascounty.us/publichealth/fluinformation.
Tuesday, December 1: Quincy Elementary and Quincy Jr. Sr. High School
Wednesday, December 2: C Roy Carmichael, Portola Jr. Sr. High School and Portola Head Start
Thursday, December 3: Indian Valley Elementary, Greenville Jr. Sr. High School, Chester Elementary and Chester Jr. Sr. High School
Monday, December 7: Quincy Head Start
If your school is not listed or your child is absent that day, contact Plumas County Public Health for an appointment. Public Health clinics are located in Chester, Greenville, Quincy and Portola monthly. (530) 283-6330 for questions or an appointment.
Flu vaccination forms:
- Vaccination will be given on a first-come, first-served basis.
- Be sure to wear clothing that allows vaccination to your upper arm.
- One vaccine will cover Influenza A (H1N1) Virus, Influenza A (H3N2) Virus and Influenza B Virus
- Vaccine is appropriate for adults and children age 3 and up.
- Pregnant women should contact their doctor regarding vaccination.
Influenza, or "the flu," is a leading cause of illness in the United States and can lead to serious medical conditions, hospitalization or even death. The flu is caused by the influenza virus, which infects the nose, throat and lungs. Flu seasons are unpredictable. They can begin early in the fall and last late into the spring. Influenza is extremely contagious and spreads very easily. The best way to protect oneself from the flu is by getting an annual flu vaccine as soon as it becomes available.
- Steps to Help Prevent Influenza, Colds and Other Contagious Illnesses Include:
- Cover your nose and mouth with a tissue when you cough or sneeze and throw the tissue in the trash after you use it.
- Wash your hands often with soap and water. If soap and water are not available, use an alcohol-based hand sanitizer.
- Avoid touching your eyes, nose and mouth. Germs spread this way.
- Stay home when you are ill and try to limit contact with others as much as possible to keep from infecting them.
- What To Do If You Get Sick
- If you get sick, there are some simple things you should know so you can take care of yourself:
- Make sure you get plenty of rest and drink a lot of fluids.
- Stay away from others as much as possible so you don't spread the flu. You should stay home from school or work until you have been fever free for at least 24 hours.
If you have special conditions, for example diabetes, asthma, emphysema or heart disease, contact your doctor to be safe.
Key facts about Seasonal Flu (CDC website)
Caring for someone with the Flu (flu.gov; a U.S. Department of Health and Human Services website)
Know When To Seek Help
Some people are more likely to get flu complications - for example young children, people 65 and older, people with asthma, diabetes or women who are pregnant - and they should talk to a health care provider about whether they need to be examined if they are experiencing flu-like symptoms. Also, it's possible for healthy people to develop severe illness from the flu, so anyone concerned about their illness should consult a health care provider.