La Paz County Health Department has completed the Flu vaccination clinics offered annually for students, teachers, and staff at all of the public schools. Flu cases are beginning to increase nationwide, and anyone who missed a clinic or are still in need of a flu shot can still get one.
The single best way to prevent the flu is to get a flu vaccination every year. The "flu shot" is an inactivated vaccine (containing killed virus) that is given with a needle. About two weeks after vaccination, antibodies develop that protect against influenza virus infection. Flu vaccines will not protect against flu-like illnesses caused by non-influenza viruses.
Everyone should get vaccinated as soon as the flu vaccine becomes available each year. However, it is still beneficial for anyone who was not vaccinated in early fall to get vaccinated later in the fall or winter because most influenza activity typically occurs in January or later. Though it varies, flu season can last as late as May, so it is never too late to get vaccinated. Everyone 6 months and older should be vaccinated every year. Even healthy people should get vaccinated because they could spread the flu to someone who is at high risk for complications from the flu or who is not able to get a flu vaccine.
Those who would still like to receive a flu vaccination may visit any of the clinics posted below. To make sure a nurse is available, calling ahead is suggested and especially if driving in from any distance. Children’s immunizations are free and a $10.00 donation for an adult vaccine is appreciated, but not required.
Parker Immunization Clinic: La Paz County Health Department, 1112 Joshua Avenue, #206
Children every Tuesday from 8:00a.m. – 11:30 a.m. and 1:00p.m. – 4:00p.m.
Adults may walk-in Monday – Thursday from 8:00a.m. – 4:30p.m.
Quartzsite Clinic: Quartzsite Fire Department, 70 Tyson Street
First Wednesday of the month, 1:00p.m. – 3:00p.m.
Ehrenburg Clinic: Ehrenburg Fire Department, 49100 Ehrenburg/Poston Highway
First Wednesday of the month, 9:30a.m. – 11:30 a.m.
Salome Clinic: Centennial Community Center, 69725 Centennial Park Rd, Wenden
First Thursday of the month, 9:30a.m. – 11:30a.m.
For more information, please call (928) 669-1100 Monday – Thursday from 8:00a.m. – 5:00p.m.