Everyone age 6 months and older should get a flu shot. But how about getting
a flu shot in the comfort of your own home?
Humboldt General Hospital Emergency Medical Services Rescue will be offering
in-home flu shots to Humboldt County residents beginning Wednesday, October
1, until supplies are gone.
Morning, afternoon and evening appointments are available. Cost is $25,
payable by cash or check.
The Centers for Disease Control recommends that everyone 6 months and older
get vaccinated against the flu every year. This year's flu vaccine
protects against three influenza viruses that will be most common during
the upcoming season including the influenza B, influenza A (H1N1), and
influenza A (H3N2) viruses.
"This is one way to shield yourself and your loved ones this flu season,"
said HGH EMS Rescue Director Pat Songer, who spearheaded the original
idea for door-to-door service.
"Our goal is to protect our community and this is the easiest, most
comfortable way we know how to do that."
Songer asked that local residents call HGH EMS Rescue Community Paramedicine
Coordinator Debbie Whittaker at (775) 623-5222, ext. 1363 to schedule
their in-home flu shot. This will allow local crews to ensure they have
enough vaccine for the community.
Once administered, the vaccine will take approximately two weeks to protect
against prevalent flu strains.
"Our recommendation follows that of the Centers for Disease Control,"
said Songer. "We absolutely recommend that everyone from 6 months
and older get a flu shot."
Songer continued, "Flu can cause serious illness and even death and
this is one simple shot that can provide protection throughout the coming
For more information on HGH EMS Rescue's in-home flu shot program,
or to schedule an appointment for your in-home flu shot, please call (775)
623-5222, ext. 1363.