About 45 people took advantage of the flu shots last year at Susanville Supermarket, including Barbara Murphy, who received her shot for the season from Public Health Nurse Steve Tank. File photo

County announces flu-buster clinics

The worst of flu season still may be a few weeks away, but the Lassen County Public Health Department offers its free, drive-through flu clinics beginning from 9 a.m. to 5:30 p.m., tomorrow, Wednesday, Oct. 3, at the parking lot outside Jensen Hall at the Lassen County Fairgrounds.

Alice Robinson, a special administrative assistant with the Lassen County Public Health Department’s Emergency Preparedness Department, said the flu vaccine reaches its maximum power about two months after residents receive the shot, so the department schedules the clinics in October so residents will enjoy the max-imum benefit at the peak of flu season in December.

Steve Tank, a public health nurse, said he gets a flu shot every year, and he believes you’re better off to get one than to not get one.

He said one year a few years back when the vaccine didn’t match the flu virus, he got a shot and still got the flu, but he recovered in a few days. His wife, who did not get a flu shot, also got the flu, but she was ill for nearly a month.

Operation Flu-Buster
Clinic Schedule:

Lassen County Fairgrounds
9 a.m. to 5:30 p.m., Wednesday, Oct. 3

Big Valley Heath Center
10 a.m. to 3 p.m.,
Wednesday, Oct. 10

Spalding Community Center
9 to 11:30 a.m., Friday, Oct. 12

Westwood One Stop
1 to 4 p.m., Friday, Oct. 12

Susanville Supermarket
1:30 to 4:30 p.m., Monday,
Oct. 15

Eskaton Lassen Manor
9 a.m. to 3 p.m.,
Wednesday, Oct. 17

Susanville Senior Center
9 a.m. to 3 p.m., Friday, Oct. 19, as part of the Senior Health Fair

Fort Sage One Stop
9 to 11:30 a.m., Friday, Oct. 19

Doyle Community Center
1 to 4 p.m., Friday, Oct. 19

Public Health Office
14458 Paul Bunyan Road,
Suite B, weekdays
from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.
For more information,
call 251-8183.