Flu Vaccine Clinics & Information
Enloe Medical Center offers free flu vaccine clinics in the fall with vaccine provided by Butte County Public Health. Watch for details about 2015 Community Flu Clinics coming soon.
Influenza, or "the flu," is a leading cause of illness in the United States and can lead to serious medical conditions, hospitalization or even death. The flu is caused by the influenza virus, which infects the nose, throat and lungs. Flu seasons are unpredictable. They can begin early in the fall and last late into the spring. Influenza is extremely contagious and spreads very easily. The best way to protect oneself from the flu is by getting an annual flu vaccine as soon as it becomes available.
Steps to Help Prevent Influenza, Colds and Other Contagious Illnesses Include:
- Cover your nose and mouth with a tissue when you cough or sneeze and throw the tissue in the trash after you use it.
- Wash your hands often with soap and water. If soap and water are not available, use an alcohol-based hand sanitizer.
- Avoid touching your eyes, nose and mouth. Germs spread this way.
- Stay home when you are ill and try to limit contact with others as much as possible to keep from infecting them.
What To Do If You Get Sick
If you get sick, there are some simple things you should know so you can take care of yourself:
- Make sure you get plenty of rest and drink a lot of fluids.
- Stay away from others as much as possible so you don't spread the flu. You should stay home from school or work until you have been fever free for at least 24 hours.
- If you have special conditions, for example diabetes, asthma, emphysema or heart disease, contact your doctor to be safe.
- Other Important Information For People Sick With Flu (CDC website)
- Caring for Someone with the Flu (flu.gov; a U.S. Department of Health and Human Services website)
Enloe offers two PromptCare clinics that can help relieve symptoms of illnesses such as flus or colds.
Know When To Seek Help
Some people are more likely to get flu complications - for example young children, people 65 and older, people with asthma, diabetes or women who are pregnant - and they should talk to a health care provider about whether they need to be examined if they are experiencing flu-like symptoms. Also, it's possible for healthy people to develop severe illness from the flu, so anyone concerned about their illness should consult a health care provider.
Emergency Warning Signs of More Severe Illness
- Fast breathing or trouble breathing
- Bluish skin color
- Not drinking enough fluids
- Not waking up or not interacting
- Being so irritable that the child does not want to be held
- Flu-like symptoms improve but then return with fever and worse cough
- Fever with a rash
- Difficulty breathing or shortness of breath
- Pain or pressure in the chest or abdomen
- Sudden dizziness
- Severe or persistent vomiting
- Flu–like symptoms that improve but then return with fever and worse cough
Anyone who has these emergency warning signs should get medical care right away. Learn about Enloe's Emergency Department.
Influenza (The Flu)