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What is Herd Immunity and Why is it Important?

Posted by Staff on December 02, 2020

In the past nine months or so since Covid-19 made its appearance in the United States, you’ve probably heard the term “herd immunity” come up in various conversations and news articles. Phrases like, “we just need to get herd immunity” or “that country has better numbers because they’ve achieved herd immunity” may have you wondering, what exactly is herd immunity and why is it important to the Covid-19 pandemic? Here’s a quick look at herd immunity and how a vaccine will help achieve it.

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Topics: Vaccines, Prevention, Covid-19

It's Flu Vaccination Time!

Posted by Staff on September 28, 2020

Getting a flu shot can help protect yourself and others from the seasonal flu. This year, getting your flu shot is more important than ever. In the wake of Covid-19, many people may be concerned about leaving home to get the flu vaccine, but there is a safe and convenient way to still get a flu shot without leaving your car!

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Topics: Flu, Vaccines

Get Vaccinated! August is National Immunization Month

Posted by Staff on August 12, 2020

August is National Immunization Awareness Month (NIAM). This annual observance highlights the importance of getting recommended vaccines throughout your life. You have the power to protect yourself and your family against serious diseases, like whooping cough, cancers caused by HPV, pneumonia, and more through on-time vaccination.

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Topics: Vaccines, Prevention, News

Two Types of Flu Shots for Older Adults

Posted by Staff on December 16, 2019

Most people don’t like the idea of getting older, and in part, this could be because it means you’re more susceptible to getting the flu. As we get older, our human immune defenses become weaker, which means that people 65 years and older bear the greatest burden during flu season.

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Topics: Flu, Vaccines, Senior Citizens

Is It Too Late to Get A Flu Shot?

Posted by Staff on November 29, 2019

Flu season is a confusing term. The flu isn’t just a season, and there isn’t one catch all flu shot. If you’ve forgotten to get your flu shot you’re probably wondering if it’s too late. The answer? Nope! It’s not too late to get a flu shot.

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Topics: Flu, Vaccines

Measles in Butte County: What You Need to Know

Posted by Staff on March 27, 2019

***As of April 19, 2019, there are 10 confirmed measles cases in Butte County***

Get continued updates here.

The cases are considered part of a cluster outbreak in Butte, Tehama and Shasta Counties. A disease outbreak is the occurrence of cases of a disease in excess of what would normally be expected in a defined community, geographical area or season. Measles is a virus that is highly contagious, and potentially dangerous for those who have not been vaccinated. Here’s what you need to know.

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Topics: Vaccines, News

What You Can Do to Speed Up Recovery From the Flu

Posted by Staff on November 02, 2018

The various forms of the flu can be debilitating when they strike, which is why it's so important to take proper care of yourself when recovering. 

So to help you out in this quest, we have compiled a list of the best ways to overcome your nasty flu symptoms this season.

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Topics: Flu, Cold and Flu, Vaccines

Why Senior Citizens Should Get the Flu Vaccine

Posted by Staff on April 02, 2018

We’ve all experienced the flu at some time or another, but how many of us get vaccinated? Turns out about one-third of senior citizens don’t get the flu vaccine! It’s especially important for at-risk groups, such as young children and seniors, to get vaccinated and lessen the risk of devastating consequences such as hospitalization – or even death. According to the CDC, senior citizens in particular is the group most affected by the seasonal flu because of their weakened immune system. The good news is that there are things seniors can do to lessen their chances of getting the flu, the most important being to consider vaccination.

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Topics: Flu, Vaccines

How To Avoid Spreading The Flu

Posted by Staff on October 09, 2017

It's officially flu season and the last thing you want to do is get the flu or spread the flu to someone else. Learn tips to stay healthy, how to recognize the flu, and where you can get a flu vaccination.

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Topics: Flu, Vaccines, Prevention

How To Know If You Need Special Vaccines Before Traveling Abroad

Posted by Staff on June 28, 2017

Planning a trip abroad can be very exciting. Whether you're traveling for business or pleasure, visiting a foreign country is an adventure. This is especially true if you have never traveled outside the country. There are certain foreign countries, however, where visiting can be dangerous unless you get the necessary immunizations.

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Topics: Vaccines, Travel

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