County Medical Corps offers flu shots at Sierra View Hospital
PORTERVILLE – The Centers for Disease Control estimates that upwards of 49,000 people may die from the seasonal flu in any given year with another 200,000 hospitalized in the United States alone. In an effort to ensure community members have access to the influenza vaccination, the Tulare County Medical Reserve Corps is offering a vaccination event at the Sierra View Hospital. The event will be held on Thursday, Nov. 2, 2–6 p.m. in the parking lot of the hospital, located at 465 W Putnam Ave. in Porterville. The cost is covered with a Medi-care or Medi-Cal identification card, or a $22 administration fee. No one is denied for an inability to pay.
Vaccination is the most effective means of preventing influenza, and getting vaccinated helps prevent you from spreading the flu to your family members, friends, and co-workers. For those at high risk for complicated influenza, vaccination could be lifesaving.
According to the CDC, each year about 36,000 Americans, mostly in high risk groups, reportedly die from flu complications; flu is the eighth leading cause of death in the United States. Vaccination is recommended for everyone over the age of six months.
Certain groups of persons are at high risk for complicated influenza and for them the vaccine is especially important. These groups include:
- Any person with a chronic medical condition that requires frequent medical attention – asthma, diabetes, chronic lung or liver disease, etc.
- Pregnant women
- Any person who will have contact with an infant less than six months of age during the influenza season
- Children under the age of 5
- Adults aged 55 years and older
According to the California Division of Occupational Safety and Health (Cal/OSHA), vaccination of health care providers is now mandatory to prevent transmission of influenza.
At this time, the vaccine is widely available in the community. For more information visit www.tularehhsa.org.