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"That's important as well as getting the vaccine, we're just encouraging people to keep those practices up".

Representatives from the Plumas County Public Health Agency and Care Flight pose for a photo following the drive-thru flu vaccination clinic held in Quincy on October 16.

Flawless fall weather greeted residents across the county this week as they lined up to receive their annual flu vaccination courtesy of Plumas County Public Health. Each winter, people sick with flu crowd hospitals and urgent care clinics, resources that may be strained due to COVID-19.

With the arrival of flu season, the community is asked to use even more caution before visiting and to check the visitor guidelines available at Baptisthealth.com/Lexington.

"We want to see everyone over the age of 6 months get their flu shot before the end of October", said State Health Officer Dr. Jimmy Guidry.

Not to mention the confusion factor: The illnesses have such similar early symptoms that people who get the flu may mistakenly think they have COVID-19, said Dr. Gregory Poland, an infectious disease specialist at Mayo Clinic.

Some people may have vomiting and diarrhea, though this is more common in children than adults.

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Healthcare workers. Baptist Health requires its employees to have a flu shot unless there are medical or religious reasons why the person can not be vaccinated. If you can find a source for the flu shot, it is advised that you take that opportunity to receive your vaccination.

The list also includes people of any age who are institutionalized for a long time and pregnant women as well as people who can transmit the flu to those who are at high risk of developing complications.

Oregon Health Authority (OHA) is urging everyone 6 months and older to get an annual flu shot, especially as COVID-19 cases increase in Oregon, and the pandemic persists.

Check out these infographics about flu shots and share them with your friends and family on your Facebook and Instagram accounts.

"We are taking every precaution at our clinics to create a safe environment for individuals to come get their vaccine", Severo said. Many of these people are also at high risk for COVID-19 illness or serious outcomes.

Clean and disinfect surfaces and objects that may be contaminated with viruses that cause flu. Currently, it's too soon to tell how severe this flu season will be.

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