Flu Vaccine Clinics & Flu Information
Flu Vaccination Clinics
Enloe Medical Center offers free flu vaccine clinics annually with vaccines provided by Butte County Public Health. We hold several FREE public flu vaccination clinics during the fall and will post dates here as soon as vaccines become available.
For more information about our free community flu clinics, please call (530) 332-6444.
Find other flu vaccine clinic locations and more resources below.
Vaccine Clinic Quick Facts
- Vaccinations are given on a first-come, first-serve basis.
- If you're getting a vaccine, be sure to wear clothing that allows vaccination to your upper arm.
- The 2016 vaccine covers four common flu strains: Influenza A (H1N1 & H3N2) and Influenza B (Phuket & Brisbane).
- The vaccine is appropriate for adults and children age 3 and up.
- If you might be pregnant, please tell us when you FIRST arrive. A very limited supply of preservative-free vaccine will be on hand for pregnant women at our drive-thru and walk-in clinics.
- Pregnant women are encouraged to visit Enloe's Mother & Baby Education Center when the vaccines become available for the preservative-free vaccine.
- Learn more in the Health eLibrary: Flu Vaccines for Adults, Getting a Flu Vaccine and Influenza Facts.
Influenza Cases Are Widespread
The California Department of Public Health (CDPH) announced high flu activity in Northern California. There have been three flu deaths and 29 severe reported cases in California as of Jan. 2, 2017.
To prevent the flu, cold or other contagious illnesses, be sure to:
- 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.
- Get vaccinated. It's not too late. Influenza typically circulates through March.
Preservative-free Flu Vaccines for Pregnant Women
A limited supply of preservative-free flu vaccination covering the same seasonal flu strains will be available for pregnant women (while supplies last) during our flu vaccine clinics later this year. They'll also be available at Enloe's Mother & Baby Education Center (251 Cohasset Road, Suite 120, Chico - in the Fountain Medical Plaza) once we receive the vaccines. Be sure to check back here for details.
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.
What To Do If You or Someone You Care for Gets 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.
- Taking care of yourself: What to do if you get sick (CDC.gov)
- Taking care of someone who is sick (CDC.gov)
- If you have special conditions, for example diabetes, asthma, emphysema or heart disease, contact your doctor to be safe.
- Understand that antibiotics only treat bacterial infections. Viral illnesses cannot be treated with antibiotics. When an antibiotic is not prescribed, ask your health care professional for tips on how to relieve symptoms and feel better. Visit www.cdc.gov/getsmart for more information.
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)