VA Northern California Health Care System
Influenza or the flu is a serious illness that can lead to hospitalization and sometimes even death. The flu is different every season and even healthy people can get very sick from the flu and spread it to others. During a regular flu season, about 90 percent of deaths occur in people 65 years and older, but the rates of infection are highest among children. The “seasonal flu season” in the United States can begin as early as October and last as late as May. Flu vaccines are the best way to reduce the chance of getting the flu and lessen the chance of spreading the flu to others. It is spread by coughing, sneezing or nasal secretions.
Everyone who is at least 6 months of age should get the flu vaccine. It’s especially important for some people to get vaccinated. Those people include the following:
People who are at high risk of developing serious complications like pneumonia if they get sick with the flu. This includes:
- People who have certain medical conditions including asthma, diabetes, and chronic lung disease.
- Pregnant women.
- People 65 years and older
People who live with or care for others who are high risk of developing serious complications. This includes:
- household contacts and caregivers of people with certain medical conditions including asthma, diabetes, and chronic lung disease.
The flu vaccine takes about two weeks after vaccination to develop antibodies against the flu viruses. A flu vaccine is needed every year because flu viruses are constantly changing. It’s not unusual for new flu viruses to appear each year. The flu vaccine is formulated each year to keep up with the flu viruses as they change.
Common symptoms of the flu include:
• sore throat
• muscle aches
• runny or stuffy nose
Other illnesses can have the same symptoms and are often mistaken for influenza.
Flu Clinic Times and Locations
VANCHCS will be offering Flu Vaccinations beginning October 1st. Below is the schedule of dates, locations, and times of availability.
351 Hartnell Ave, Redding, CA 96002
Tuesday – Thursday, 8:30am-11:00am – 2:00-4:00pm – Also by Appointment.
280 Cohasset Road, Chico, CA 95926
Monday – Thursday, 3:30-4:00pm.
5342 Dudley Blvd McClellan Park, CA 95652
Monday–Friday, 8:00am-11:30am and 12:30pm–3:30pm-Primary Care Clinic.
**McClellan will also be offering the Drive-Thru Clinic on the 4th of October from 9:00am-2:00pm at the front entrance of the clinic.
Yuba City Clinic
425 Plumas Street, Yuba City, CA 95991
Monday/Tuesday/Thursday/Friday – 1:00 – 3:00 pm in Primary Care Clinic.
10535 Hospital Way, Mather, CA 95655
Monday-Friday 8am-3:0pm (Lobby Area of Building 650) beginning October 1, 2014 until January 31, 2015.
**Sacramento VAMCwill also be offering Drive-Thru Clinic on the 27th of October 9:00am-2:00pm at the front entrance of the hospital. Directions are available at the front desk lobby of Bldg. 700 and Bldg. 650.
103 Bodin Circle, Travis AFB, Fairfield, CA 94535
Monday- Friday – 9:00am – 12:00pm, 1:30pm – 4:00pm--Primary Care Clinic.
Mare Island Clinic
201 Walnut Avenue, Vallejo, CA 94592
Monday –Friday – 9:00am– 12:00pm, 1:30pm- 4:00pm in Primary Care Clinic.
150 Muir Road, Martinez, CA 94553
Monday- Friday: 8:00 -12:00, 1:00-4:00 in Primary Care Clinic.
2221 Martin Luther King Jr. Way, Oakland, CA 94612
Monday – Friday – 9:00am- 11:30pm, 1:00pm-3:30pm –Primary Care Clinic.