Local health officials are doing their part to make sure area residents
are prepared for the upcoming flu season.
A free walk-in flu shot clinic is planned for 5 p.m. to 9 p.m. Wednesday,
October 29, at the West Hall Winnemucca Convention Center.
The flu clinic is sponsored by the office of the Humboldt County Community
Health Nurse; Humboldt General Hospital is also lending its support to
Local residents may simply "walk in" to the event and receive
their flu shot. No appointment is necessary.
Inactivated flu vaccine will be available for persons age 6 months and
up; flu mist may be available for some persons up to age 49.
While the timing of flu is very unpredictable and can vary from season
to season, flu activity most commonly peaks in the U.S. sometime between
late November and March. However, seasonal flu activity can begin as early
as October and continue to occur as late as May.
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) recommends that people
get vaccinated against flu soon after the vaccine becomes available, preferably
It takes about two weeks after vaccination for antibodies to develop in
the body and provide protection against flu.
Those children aged 6 months through 8 years who need two doses of vaccine
should receive the first dose as soon as possible to allow time to get
the second dose before the start of flu season. The two doses should be
given at least 4 weeks apart.
Flu is a serious illness that causes approximately 200,000 people to be
hospitalized each year.
In addition to getting vaccinated, the CDC also recommends everyday preventive
steps like staying away from sick people and washing your hands to reduce
the spread of germs. If you are sick with flu, stay home from work or
school to prevent spreading flu to others.
Additionally, people with flu-like symptoms should wait to travel until
at least 24 hours after their fever has subsided without the use of fever-lowering
Those who become ill while traveling should postpone traveling home until
they are well.
For more information about seasonal flu, visit
For flu information that is more specific to Nevada, please visit the Division
of Public and Behavioral Health at