Health department offering flu shots now


But getting your flu shot early can help you avoid the fever, coughs, sneezes and aches down the line. Beginning in October and lasting through May, flu season is the period when flu germs are most likely to be around and to make people sick. You can find out more right here. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), more than 200,000 Americans are hospitalized with flu-related complications each year.

STEM. The composition of the vaccine is modified every year depending on the evolution of virus strains in circulation. One can still get the flu after being vaccinated, but it all depends on different circumstances such as age, health and the way the vaccine is made being similar to the virus that is circulating.

The 2014-15 flu season was the first time I was here in Placer County, and I got my flu shot at a local pharmacy.

"At six months you get to get two flu shots, 28 days apart", said Melodi Krank, nursing and clinical services leader.

"None of the homeopathic drugs have really been shown to help influenza", he said, noting that you should check with a doctor or a pharmacist to see if "natural" products interfere with other medications.

Matthew Rudberg, a physician assistant at MinuteClinic, explains the upcoming flu season could be heightened due to newly-discovered flu strains in the southern hemisphere.

The Urgent Care Association of America (UCAOA) is a membership association for urgent care health and management professionals, clinics and those who support the urgent care industry. Doctors can be the worst about working while sick; at that point I hadn't taken a sick day in years. It takes up to 2 weeks to take effect in the body after administered.

Dr. Rob, Robert Oldham, is Placer County's public health officer and lives in Roseville.