Flu Vaccine Clinics & Information
Enloe Medical Center held three free flu vaccine clinics in October 2014 with vaccine provided by Butte County Public Health. We have no further flu clinics planned at this time. Find location resources for availability of flu vaccine.
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. The flu is caused by the influenza virus, which infects the nose, throat and lungs. Flu seasons are unpredictable. They can begin early in the fall and last late into the spring. Influenza is extremely contagious and spreads very easily in communities. The best way to protect oneself from the flu is by getting an annual flu vaccine as soon as it becomes available.
steps to help prevent influenza, colds and other contagious illnesses include:
- 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.
What to do if you get sick
- If you get sick, there are some simple things you should know so you can take care of yourself:
- Make sure you get plenty of rest and drink a lot of fluids.
- Stay away from others as much as possible so you don't spread the flu to others. You should stay home from school or work until you have been fever free for at least 24 hours.
- If you have special conditions, for example diabetes, asthma, emphysema or heart disease, contact your doctor to be safe.
- Learn more about what to do if you get sick (CDC website)
- Get more information for family caregivers (U.S. Health and Human Services website)
Enloe offers two PromptCare clinics that can help relieve symptoms of illnesses such as flus or colds.
Know When to Seek Help
Some people are more likely to get flu complications -- for example young children, people 65 and older, people with asthma, diabetes or women who are pregnant -- and they should talk to a health care provider about whether they need to be examined if they get flu symptoms. Also, it's possible for healthy people to develop severe illness from the flu so anyone concerned about their illness should consult a health care provider.
These are emergency warning signs of more severe illness:
- 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
- Difficulty breathing or shortness of breath
- Pain or pressure in the chest or abdomen
- Sudden dizziness
- Severe or persistent vomiting
- Flu–like symptoms that improve but then return with fever and worse cough
Anyone who has these emergency warning signs should get medical care right away. Learn about Enloe's Emergency Department.
INFluenza (THE FLU)
- Butte County Public Health Department's Flu Web Page Flu clinic locations, vaccine and prevention information and more
- Butte County Public Health Flu Information Line: 1-866-444-2405
- American Lung Association: Flu Shot Locator
- Listing of pharmacies with flu vaccine: http://flushot.healthmap.org/.
- CDC: What to do if you get sick
- U.S. Health & Human Services: Information for family caregivers
- California Department of Health: Pandemic Influenza
- Center for Disease Control and Prevention: Seasonal Flu
- EBSCO Publishing: Free Influenza Evidence-based Information Portal
- Enloe's Flu and West Nile Virus Information Line: (530) 332-7017 (summarized version of this web page)
- Butte County Public Health: Pertusis (Whooping Cough) Information