Monday, 15 July 2024

Low cost influenza vaccination clinic coming to Lakeport Nov. 9

LAKEPORT, Calif. – Lake County Public Health, in conjunction with a variety of community partners, will be offering influenza vaccinations for $2 each on Nov. 9 at the Lake County Fairgrounds, 401 Martin St., Lakeport.


The clinic will open at 9:30 a.m. and continue until 3 p.m.


The public will enter on the access road west of the main entrance on Martin Street. Options for drive-through vaccination and a walk-in clinic are available.


The drive-through option is available to all persons 50 and older and to adults (18 and older) with physical disabilities.


A health fair featuring the Sutter Lakeside Mobile Health Services Unit, located in the Little Theater parking lot, will provide health screenings and free vaccinations for pneumonia and whooping cough.


The health fair will be accessible to persons coming to the walk-in vaccination clinic.


Displays will include St. Helena Hospital – Clearlake, Easter Seals, Lakeport Fire, and the local chapter of the American Red Cross.


To avoid traffic bottlenecks, the following schedule is recommended:


  • 9:30 a.m. to noon: Last name beginning with A-L;

  • Noon to 3 p.m.: Last name beginning with M-Z.


According to Dr. Karen Tait, Lake County Health Officer, the fairgrounds venue was selected in order to accommodate larger numbers.


“Flu vaccination is now recommended for everyone over 6 months of age,” Tait said.


In addition, the clinic was organized under the public health emergency preparedness program as a training exercise and will be videotaped.


According to Dr. Tait, “Every opportunity we have to plan and coordinate with community partners strengthens our ability to respond in emergencies.”


The seasonal influenza vaccine consists of three strains, one of which is the H1N1 strain that made its first appearance last year. Vaccination is recommended for everyone, even if they received the H1N1 vaccine during the last year.


Influenza vaccination is currently available in a variety of locations throughout Lake County and will continue to be offered in the coming months.


The November clinic at the fairgrounds is an ideal opportunity to get vaccinated before the holiday season begins.


“We hope to vaccinate several thousand people during this event,” Tait said.


For more information, visit http://health.co.lake.ca.us, http://health.co.lake.ca.us or www.cdc.gov/flu.

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