Posted: Sunday, October 09, 2011
The flu season is unpredictable and can be severe. According to the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, each year, more than 200,000 people are hospitalized from the flu, including an average of 20,000 children younger than 5 years of age. Everyone, six-months-of-age and older are recommended to get vaccinated against the seasonal flu.
To help the Lake Tahoe community stay healthy this season, Barton Health is providing free flu vaccines to South Lake Tahoe area residents ages three to 18-years-old. Ages 19 and older can receive the flu vaccine for $20 and the pneumonia vaccine for $35. Barton has secured various locations, dates and times for people to conveniently receive their flu and pneumonia vaccinations. All locations will be providing free flu shots for ages three to 18. There is no appointment necessary to receive the vaccination(s), individuals will be treated on a walk-in-basis. Remember, a flu vaccine reduces your risk of illness, hospitalization, or even death and can prevent you from spreading the virus to your loved ones. Barton encourages you to protect yourself and your family from flu by getting vaccinated.
2011 Flu and Pneumonia Vaccinations (Walk-In-Basis Only)
Barton Family Medicine (1090 ~ Third Street, South Lake Tahoe, CA)
Saturday, Oct. 8 and Nov 5 ? 9 a.m. to 1 p.m.
Saturday, Oct. 22 and Nov. 19 ? 1 to 5 p.m.
South Tahoe Middle School (Multi-purpose room, 940 Lake Tahoe Blvd. South Lake Tahoe, CA)
[Please note: This is the only on-campus flu vaccination clinic - The Kung Flu and IZ Xtreme will not be offered in the schools this-year]
Wednesday, Oct. 12 ? 3 to 7 p.m.
Stateline Medical Center (155 ~ Hwy 50, Stateline, NV)
Friday, Oct. 21 ? 3 to 7 p.m.
Consult with your physician before receiving any vaccinations. All patients under 18-years-of-age must be accompanied by a parent or legal guardian. The H1N1 vaccine is included in the seasonal flu vaccine. For more information about H1N1, please ask your physician or visit cdc.gov. Flu shots are not for persons with certain medical conditions.
Both vaccines are reimbursable for Standard Medicare
patients. Medicare HMO’s
cannot be billed. Cash, check and credit cards (Visa, M.C. and Amex) will be accepted. For more information on the seasonal flu, visit www.bartonhealth.org/flu
. Questions can be e-mailed to firstname.lastname@example.org or call (530) 543-5615.