Influenza

Influenza, commonly called “the flu” is caused by the influenza virus, which infects the respiratory tract (nose, throat, and lungs). Influenza is a leading cause of illness in the United States and can lead to serious medical conditions, hospitalization or even death. 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 yourself from the flu is by getting an annual flu vaccine as soon as it becomes available.

Who Should Get Vaccinated?

It is recommended that everyone 6 months and older get a flu vaccine every year. It is especially important for individuals at high-risk for having serious flu-related complications such as:

Where to Get Flu Vaccine?

Flu vaccine is available in Butte County. Several doctors, clinics and pharmacies have vaccine.  Please call your doctor’s office, clinic or pharmacy directly for more information.

*As additional flu clinics are scheduled this information will be updated.

At this time the following flu clinics are scheduled:

Feather River Hospital will be holding a FREE Drive Through Flu Clinic Monday, October 20th from 3:00 p.m. to 6:00 p.m. (While Supplies last) located at Paradise Adventist Church Parking Lot, 5720  Academy Dr., Paradise. Vaccine will be given to anyone over 18 years of age.  For more information please contact Wendy Limbaugh at (530) 876-7902; ex. 7482.  Please do not contact Paradise Adventist Church.

Orchard Hospital (Biggs-Gridley) will be holding a Flu Clinic Tuesday, October 14th from 3:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m. located at the Medical Specialty Center: Conference Room, 284 Spruce St., Gridley. Cost is $2 per person or covered with Medicare.  For more information please contact Medical Specialty Center at (530) 846-9080. Concluded

Orchard Hospital (Biggs-Gridley) will be holding a Flu Clinic Tuesday, October 21st from 11:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. located at El Indio Restaurant, 488 B St., Biggs.  Cost is $2 per person or covered with Medicare.  For more information please contact Medical Specialty Center at (530) 846-9080.

Orchard Hospital (Biggs-Gridley) will be holding a Flu Clinic Saturday, October 25th from 11:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. located at Orchard Hospital 240  Spruce St., Gridley.  Cost is $2 per person or covered with Medicare.  For more information please contact Medical Specialty Center at (530) 846-9080.

Enloe Hospital will be holding a FREE Drive Through Flu Clinic Wednesday, October 1st from 7:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. (While supplies last) located at Calvary Chapel, 1888 Springfield Drive, Chico.  Vaccine is appropriate for adults, pregnant women and children age 3 and up.  Vaccination will be given on a first come, first-served basis, please remain in your car, wear clothing that allows vaccination to your upper arm and please do not contact Calvary Chapel for details. Concluded

Enloe Hospital will be holding a FREE Walk-In Flu Clinic Monday, October 6th from 7:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. (while supplies last) located at Manzanita Place (Elk’s Lodge), 1705 Manzanita Ave., Chico.  Vaccine is appropriate for adults, pregnant women and children age 3 and up. Vaccination will be given on a first come, first serve basis, please park in the rear parking lot and form a line from the front door to the rear parking lot. Wear clothing that allows vaccination to your upper arm and please do not contact Manzanita Place for details. Concluded

Enloe Hospital will be holding a FREE Walk-In Flu Clinic on Saturday, October 11th from 10:00 a.m. to 2 p.m. (while supplies last) located at Enloe’s Community Wellness Expo at the corner of 5th & Magnolia.  Vaccine is appropriate for adults, pregnant women and children age 3 and up.  Vaccination will be given on a first come, first serve basis. Please park in the Enloe Parking Structure at 6th & Magnolia.  Wear clothing that allows vaccination to your upper arm and please do not contact Manzanita Place for details. Concluded

 

The most common symptoms of the flu are:

* It's important to note that not everyone with flu will have a fever.

Preventing the Flu: Good Health Habits Can Help Stop Germs

The single best way to prevent the flu is to get vaccinated each year, but good health habits like covering your cough and washing your hands often can help stop the spread of germs and prevent respiratory illnesses like the flu. There also are flu antiviral drugs that can be used to treat and prevent the flu.

Additional Flu Information