Flu Vaccinations & Information

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Get Your Free Flu Shot

Influenza, or “the flu,” is highly contagious and can lead to serious medical conditions, hospitalization or even death. The best way to protect yourself is to get your annual flu vaccine.

This year, Enloe Medical Center will host three free vaccination clinics in the fall that are open to the public. This year’s vaccine is preservative free and covers four common flu strains. It is appropriate for ages 3 and up and pregnant or breastfeeding mothers.

The clinics will NOT have high-dose flu vaccines. If you are older than 65 and would like a high-dose vaccine, contact your provider or pharmacy. 

Upcoming Flu Clinics

Prior to Arrival

Prior to arrival, please complete a consent form online at www.myturn.ca.gov or email margie.rackley@enloe.org for assistance completing the form. Please disregard the appointment time. You are welcome any time during the clinic.

When You Attend

When you attend, please:

  • Wear a mask. These are required for the walk-in clinic.
  • Wear clothing that allows vaccination to your upper arm.
  • Do not block driveways or intersections.

A Note About COVID-19 Boosters

For your convenience, Enloe’s Vaccination Mobile Team has collaborated with Butte County Public Health to provide COVID-19 boosters at each of Enloe’s flu clinics. Pre-registration is required. To register, visit www.myturn.ca.gov. Please disregard the appointment time. You are welcome any time during the clinic.

The Vaccine for Seniors

If you would like the high-dose flu vaccine that’s meant for people older than 65, please contact your provider or one of these pharmacies to check availability:

Safeway
1366 East Ave., Chico | 530-899-2320

CVS Pharmacy
1496 East Ave., Chico | 530-896-5404
801 East Ave., Chico | 530-345-1363
2780 Esplanade., Chico | 530-345-9009
1120 Forest Ave., Chico | 530-894-5112

Rite Aid
220 West East Ave., Chico | 530-343-9495
650 Mangrove Ave., Chico | 530-891-6722

Flu Prevention & Wellness

If the unfortunate happens and you get sick, take care of yourself by following these tips:

  • Get plenty of rest and drink lots of fluids.
  • Stay home and away from others. You should stay home from school or work until you have been fever free for at least 24 hours.
  • Follow these suggestions from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.
  • 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, not viral illnesses. When an antibiotic is not prescribed, ask your health care professional for tips on how to relieve symptoms and feel better.

Enloe Prompt Care can help relieve flu and cold symptoms.

To prevent the flu from spreading, 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.
  • If you’re taking care of someone with the flu, follow these suggestions from the CDC, too.

When to Seek Help

Some people are more likely to get flu complications — for example young children, people 65 and older, those with asthma, diabetes or pregnant women. These folks should talk to a provider about whether they should be examined if they’re experiencing flu-like symptoms.

It’s also possible for healthy people to develop severe illness from the flu. So, anyone concerned about their illness should consult a health care provider.

In children, the following are emergency warning signs of the flu:

  • 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

Adults display these emergency warning signs:

  • Difficulty breathing or shortness of breath
  • Pain or pressure in the chest or abdomen
  • Sudden dizziness
  • Confusion
  • Severe or persistent vomiting
  • Flu–like symptoms that improve but then return with fever and worse cough

Anyone experiencing these signs should seek medical care right away. Learn about Enloe’s Emergency Department.

Resources

Flu Clinics

Flu Info

  • CDC: Flu
  • Enloe’s Flu and West Nile Virus Information Line: 530-332-7017

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