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Posted: Tuesday, October 11, 2011 12:00 am | Updated: 7:00 am, Tue Oct 11, 2011.

Flu shots for the 2011-12 flu season are now available through San Joaquin County Public Health Services and Lodi Memorial Hospital. San Joaquin County Public Health Officer Dr. Karen Furst said the vaccine is safe, effective and readily available.

"Now is a good time to get the vaccine because it takes two to four weeks to build up immunity," she said in a press release.

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention recommends that everyone six months of age and older receive the flu vaccine every year to provide protection for the upcoming flu season. It is especially important for those at high risk for getting severely ill with the flu. That group includes:

  • Pregnant women.
  • Children younger than five years.
  • People age 50 and older.
  • Anyone with certain medical conditions such as diabetes or asthma.
  • People living in nursing homes or other long-term care facilities.
  • Health care workers.

Flu shots are available for a nominal fee at the PHS clinics in Lodi and Stockton. For clinic hours, visit www.sjcphs.org. To find other sites offering the flu vaccine, visit www.flu.gov/whereyoulive or call Lodi Memorial Hospital's flu shot hotline at 339-7469.

Contact Features Editor Pam Bauserman at pamelab@lodinews.com. Find the best bargains in Lodi on Pam's blog, Saving with Pam.

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2 comments:

  • Joanne Bobin posted at 2:23 pm on Tue, Oct 11, 2011.

    Joanne Bobin Posts: 4306

    I've never had a reaction to a flu shot, nor have I had a bad case of the flu for over a decade. Everyone's different.

    My husband went to Safeway and took the flu shot AND the pneumonia shot the week before last and he ended up with a 104 degree temp the next day and had a trip to the Urgent Care.

    The doc said it was probably a coincidence and he had probably already been infected with something. But he also warned him not to take stuff he didn't need (as if he would listen). The pneumonia shot is only once every ten years and he had taken one last year or the year before!

    Watch out for these supermarket purveyors of vaccines - they obviously didn't ask him if he had one recently!

     
  • Kevin Paglia posted at 7:36 am on Tue, Oct 11, 2011.

    Kevin Paglia Posts: 1880

    A few years back I was convinced by a friend that we should be doing the flu shots, especially with kids in school, so we did for three years. Guess what, those three years were the worst flus our house had ever seen. In fact in that last 20 years those three years were the ONLY year I ever had the flu. They were the only time my oldest had ever missed school because of the flu as well.

    My mom and dad both get the flu shots every year since they turned 55. More than half the time they still get the flu where they can barely get out of bed.

    So to get to the point, I think for me and mine we will be skipping the flu shots. We don't need to be that sick again.

     

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