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.
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:
There is still flu vaccine available in Butte County. Please call your doctor's office, pharmacy or clinic directly for more information. To learn more about future clinics, call our toll free information line at 1-866-444-2405. If you would like to speak to a Public Health staff person during regular business hours, call our Public Health office in Oroville at 530-538-2840.
*At this time, there are no additional public flu clinics scheduled for this season. Please check back next season for flu clinics scheduled in Butte County.
Butte County Public Health Department January 27th, 2015 Concluded
Butte County Public Health Department December 11th, 2014 Concluded
Butte County Public Health Department December 2nd, 2014 Concluded
Oroville Hospital November 7th, 2014 Concluded
Feather River Hospital October 20th, 2014 Concluded
Orchard Hospital (Biggs-Gridley) October 14th, 2014 Concluded
Orchard Hospital (Biggs-Gridley) October 21st, 2014 Concluded
Orchard Hospital (Biggs-Gridley) October 25th, 2014 Concluded
Enloe Hospital October 1st, 2014 Concluded
Enloe Hospital October 6th, 2014 Concluded
Enloe Hospital October 11th, 2014 Concluded
* It's important to note that not everyone with flu will have a fever.
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.