The County Health Department High no longer has the quadrivalent flu shot for people 65 and above, but it has an ample supply of the regular flu shots, which can be used be those 65 and older. There were two flu shot clinics in Santa Barbara, two in Lompoc and two in Santa Maria, along with smaller events aimed at protecting the county's elderly population.
Everyone six months and older can line up for a flu shot starting Monday as the annual flu campaign begins across the province. "This is particularly important during this year's COVID-19 pandemic". "But it certainly increases your risk factors if you contract both viruses at the same time". Getting the flu during a pandemic could be even worse, which is why health care providers all over the region are putting extra effort into their flu shot programs this year.
"Misinformation is (a) looming concern", Jaklevic wrote.
The effects of getting COVID-19 are not entirely understood yet, but the disease has proven more deadly than the flu and has already claimed the lives of more than 210,000 Americans since March.
"Immunization protects people and communities by preventing the spread of the flu", said Chief Medical Health Officer Dr. Janice Fitzgerald in a news release.
According to the CDC website, even the nasal spray vaccine can not cause illness as it contains a live virus that is weakened.
The CDC website also says that there are multiple reasons why someone might still get the flu after getting the flu shot, but it is not from the flu vaccine itself.
Hagdorn said the best time to get the flu shot is in October, but it is not too late to get the vaccine in November or December. This will be a drive-thru clinic, and masks are required. Hagdorn also said flu shots are covered by most health insurance plans. "We've just encouraged students to walk in whenever it's convenient for them. In the past, we scheduled indoor flu shot clinics in several communities and they were often crowded spaces", said Cindy Shaughnessy, RN, PHN, Le Sueur County Public Health Director.
Prior to receiving her vaccine at a flu shot clinic at the Metro Toronto Convention Centre on Thursday, de Villa pointed out that there are 500 local pharmacies providing flu shots this year in addition to healthcare practitioners.