Free Flu clinics offered in Chico

Oct 1, 2014 11:07 AM by News Staff

Enloe Medical Center will be holding a series of three free flu clinics in October, offering children and adults the opportunity to get a free flu shot.

The flu vaccine protects against season flu strains. 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.

It is estimated that 5 percent to 20 percent of U.S. residents get the flu, and it is estimated that more than 200,000 people are hospitalized.

The first clinic is Monday morning from 7 a.m. to 1 p.m. Oct. 1 at Calvary Chapel, 1888 Springfield Dr.

The second is scheduled for October 6, from 7 a.m. to 1 p.m. at Manzanita Place, 1705 Manzanita Ave.

The third clinic will be from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. at Enloe's Community Wellness Expo at West Fifth and Magnolia Avenues.

Enloe says they've already given at 600 flu shots this season.

Here are a few preventative steps:

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.


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