Public health encourages flu shots as COVID vaccinations remain low – Chico Enterprise-Record
CHICO – Butte County Public Health is encouraging residents to get their flu shots in preparation for the upcoming flu season, as the number of COVID-19 vaccinations remains stagnant.
In a press release Wednesday, Butte County Public Health warned residents that “many commonly celebrated holiday activities carry a risk of spreading disease. With COVID-19 and flu season overlapping this fall and winter, BCPH is encouraging residents 6 months and older to get the flu shot and all eligible residents 12 and over to get their flu shot. vaccinate against COVID-19. “
Vaccination rates for COVID-19 remain low compared to the state’s 58 counties, ranking 44 out of 58 in terms of the percentage of the population fully vaccinated. As of Thursday, 54.80 percent of eligible residents had been fully immunized. Likewise, 6.83 percent of residents were partially vaccinated. The county still encourages people who fall into this category to receive their second dose of the vaccine as soon as possible.
The county health department warns that infection of both the flu and COVID-19 can occur simultaneously and warns that a person infected with the flu may be more likely to contract COVID-19. The statement also adds that COVID-19 is potentially more serious and causes more lung damage in people co-infected with the flu.
“We expect both viruses to be out there, circulating in the community,” Butte County Director of Public Health Danette York said in a press release. “Residents should take extra precautions this year to protect their health by getting a flu shot while continuing to follow non-pharmaceutical measures to prevent the spread of COVID-19 and other respiratory viruses. “
The county recommends flu shots for anyone six months and older, but stresses that getting a shot is especially important for those who may be at high risk for severe flu. This includes pregnant women, children under five, the elderly, and people with certain underlying medical conditions like diabetes, obesity, asthma, and heart disease.
Influenza infection most commonly occurs between October and May, with the greatest number of cases usually occurring from December to February. The county notes that it takes about two weeks for the flu shot to provide protection, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention recommends getting the flu shot before the end of October.
Flu shots are available free at drive-through and walk-in clinics in October and November. The CDC said the flu shot and the COVID-19 vaccine can be safely received on the same day.
Local free vaccination schedule:
- October 12: Drive-thru at Dove’s Landing, 2450 Oro Dam Blvd., Oroville, 9 a.m. to 2 p.m.
- October 14: Drive-through clinic at Calvary Chapel, 1888 Springfield Drive, Chico, 7:30 a.m. to 11 a.m. and 2 p.m. to 6 p.m.
- October 14: drive-thru at the Orchard Hospital Medical Specialty Center, 284 Spruce Street, Gridley, 3 p.m. to 7 p.m.
- Oct 19: Drive-thru at Dove’s Landing, 2450 Oro Dam Blvd., Oroville, 9 a.m. to 2 p.m.
- October 20: walk-in at Chico Elks Lodge, 1705 Manzanita Ave., Chico, 7:30 a.m. to 11 a.m. and 2 p.m. to 6 p.m.
- October 30: drive-thru, Butte College Chico Center, 2320 Forest Ave., Chico, 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.
- November 2: Drive-thru at Dove’s Landing, 2450 Oro Dam Blvd., Oroville, 9 a.m. to 2 p.m.
For more information visit www.buttecounty.net/grippe.