This year, the Klickitat County Health Department is working with local health care providers, and public agencies to emphasize vaccinating high-risk adults and children first, and then encourage vaccinating all others who need protection from the flu.
The health district anticipates there will be enough vaccine, but there will be delays in receiving orders.
High-risk persons include:
Those over 65 and adults and children with chronic health problems, such as diabetes, asthma, diseases of the heart or lung, and other conditions such as immunosupression.
Women who will be in the second or third trimester of pregnancy during the flu season.
Children and teenagers (age 6 months to 18 years) who are receiving long-term aspirin therapy.
Residents of nursing homes and other chronic-care facilities that house persons of any age who have chronic medical conditions.
Because of this delay the Health Department will not be offering flu clinics in outlying areas such as Glenwood, Trout Lake, Dallesport/Lyle, Wishram or Bickelton.
Flu clinics will be, however, scheduled at senior meal sites.
Current flu shot clinics that have been scheduled to service the high-risk population:
Oct 19 and 20, 8:30 a.m. to noon, White Salmon Health Fair, Park Center Building.
Oct. 18, 8:30 a.m. to noon, Family Practice Clinic, Goldendale.
Oct 15, Hi School Pharmacy, Hood River.
Nov. 2, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., Hi School Pharmacy, White Salmon