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.