Ventura County Public Health reports increase in flu cases, rise in demand for influenza vaccine
The nation’s widespread outbreak of the flu has caused an increase in flu cases in California and a sudden surge in demand for the flu vaccine in Ventura County. Ventura County’s Public Health (VCPH) Department reports that the phones have been busier than normal with people calling in to find out where and when they can get a flu shot.
According to a report received today from the California Department of Public Health (CDPH), flu levels in California are now significantly higher than what is normally expected this time of year. Over the past week, flu levels across the state have jumped up by ten percent.
“This year’s vaccine is a good match for the flu strains that are circulating so we encourage everyone who has not yet been vaccinated to get a flu shot now and protect themselves.” said Dr. Paul Russell, Deputy Health Officer for Ventura County Public Health. “It is especially important for those who are the most vulnerable to be vaccinated - the very young, very old and those with chronic illness.”
Ventura County Public Health clinics are offering flu vaccines for people of all ages on a first come, first served basis during normal business hours at their four Public Health clinic locations. Hours are 8:30 – 11:30 am and 1 – 4:30 PM and shots are offered on the days indicated:
South Oxnard Public Health: Centerpoint Mall, 2500 South C St. Suite B-1, Oxnard (Mon – Fri)
North Oxnard Public Health 2240 E. Gonzalez Rd., Suite 140, Oxnard (Tues. & Thurs.)
Ventura Public Health 3147 Loma Vista Rd., Ventura (Mon., Tues., Wed. & Fri.)