Inyo and Mono Public Health Departments have scheduled flu clinics to administer flu shots:

Inyo County Health & Human Services

Public Health 2012 Flu Clinic Schedule

Inyo County Health Clinic
207A West South Street
Bishop, CA
873-7868
Monday, 10/1
Monday, 10/8
9am – noon
9am – noon

Inyo County Health Clinic
155 E. Market Street
Independence, CA
878-0241
Thursday, 10/4 9am-noon

Inyo County Board of Supervisors
Independence, CA
Thursday, 10/11 9am – noon

Statham Hall
Lone Pine, CA
Tuesday, 10/9 12:30-5:00pm

Legion Hall
Big Pine, CA
Wednesday,10/2 9:30am-11:30am

Bishop Senior Center
506 Park Avenue
Bishop, CA
Tuesday, 9/25 12:30-4:30pm

Tecopa Senior Center Thursday, 11/8 1:00pm – 3:00 pm
Choo Choo Swap Meet Saturday, 10/6 8:30 am-2:00pm
Big Pine Fire Dept. Wednesday, 9/26 6:00pm-7:30pm
Independence Fire Dept Wednesday, 10/10 7:00pm -8:00pm
Lone Pine Fire Dept. Tuesday, 10/09 6:00pm-7:30pm
Olancha Fire Dept. Wednesday, 10/10 6:00pm-7:30pm

Public Health staff will be providing
FluMist at each school during the
months of October and November for
students. Look for letters and
consents coming home with students.

Every Year is an Influenza Pandemic for Children

Can We Stop It?

Let’s Give It Our Best Shot!  (PRESS RELEASE FROM HEALTH OFFICER DR. RICK JOHNSON)

The unmistakable signs of autumn remind us that another flu season is almost upon us. Influenza is a serious disease leading to hospitalization and death for thousands of Americans each year. It is not just the elderly that suffer from complications. Very young children are hospitalized from the flu at rates similar to other groups at high risk for influenza-related complications.  About half of all hospitalizations from seasonal flu, and about a third of the deaths occur in children with no underlying medical conditions. In addition, children and adults – all of us – can give the flu to those who are at highest risk:

  • the very young
  • children with neurologic conditions
  • those over 65 years of age
  • adults with underlying medical conditions such as asthma, diabetes, and chronic lung disease
  • pregnant women

Flu seasons are unpredictable in a number of ways. Although epidemics of flu happen every year, the timing, severity, and length of the epidemic depends on many factors, including what flu viruses are spreading, whether they match the viruses in the vaccine, and how many people get the vaccine.

The time to get vaccinated is now. Influenza seasons can begin as early as October, peaking in January or February, and lasting into May. It takes about two weeks after vaccination for antibodies to develop and begin to provide protection against the flu. A flu vaccine is needed every year because flu viruses are constantly changing, and your protection wears off over time. Options include shots and nasal spray, and can be discussed with your provider. There is plenty of vaccine available this year.

The following page lists the community flu clinics being held by the Mono County Health Department throughout Mono County. In addition, most pharmacies and health care providers also have flu vaccine available.

GET VACCINATED! Protect yourself, your family, co-workers, neighbors, and community from one of the two events sure to happen this winter (snow – and the flu). Neither Howard (weatherman) nor I know when, or how much of either will occur!

Community Flu Clinics 2012 – 2013

MONO COUNTY HEALTH DEPARTMENT

Date Location         Day/Time

9.18.12 Walker Senior Center   Tuesday 1:00 – 3:00 PM

9.19.12 Bridgeport Health Department     Wednesday 1:00-3:30 PM

9.24.12 June Lake Community Center     Monday 5:00 – 6:30 PM

9.26.12 Lee Vining Community Center     Wednesday 5:00 – 6:30 PM

10.2.12 Paradise Fire Station   Tuesday 4:30-5:45 PM

10.2.12 Swall Meadows Fire Station   Tuesday 6:15 – 7:15 PM

10.4.12 Mammoth Lakes Elem. School     Thursday 4:00 – 7:00 PM

10.10.12 Chalfant Community Center     Wednesday 5:00 – 6:00 PM

10.10.12 Benton Community Center   Wednesday 6:30 – 7:30 PM

10.15.12 Crowley Lake Community Center   Monday 4:00 – 7:00 PM

Flu vaccine is now recommended for everyone over the age of six months.

FluMist nasal spray is available for healthy, non-pregnant 2-49 year olds.

The pneumococcal vaccine is also available.  Free with Medicare Part B card; otherwise $71.00