Dr. Kenneth Bird, Fresno County health officer, and Supervisor Buddy Mendes rolled up their sleeves Thursday morning for flu shots.
“Anyone who is out in the public should have a flu shot,” Mendes said.
The health department began offering flu shots for the 2016-17 flu season on Tuesday. On Saturday, a shot clinic will be from 9 a.m. to noon at The American Legion Hall, 3509 N. First St. in Fresno. Clinics will be offered at different locations in the county through Dec. 10. Information about flu shots and clinics is available on the health department’s website or by telephone at 888-993-3003.
“It’s extremely important to get a flu shot, because influenza is a serious illness that can result in hospitalization and death,” Bird said.
Last year in Fresno County, five people under age 65 died of complications from the flu, and 13 more were hospitalized with serious conditions, Bird said. Children and people older than 65 are at risk for serious health effects from the flu, but doctors are required to report only cases of those under age 65 to the county health department.