Health department taking food donations for flu shots |

Health department taking food donations for flu shots

Staff Reports

Douglas County Community Health is offering free flu shot vouchers to anyone who donates two cans of food between Jan. 5 and 9, 2015.

The vouchers are redeemable at Douglas County Community Health, 1538 Highway 395 in Gardnerville, 1-4:30 p.m. any Monday in January while supplies last.

The food will be donated to Carson Valley Community Food Closet. For more information, call 782-9038. Follow Douglas County Community Health on Facebook at

Flu season typically starts in the fall and peaks in January or February.

Each year, an estimated 20 percent of the U.S. population gets the flu, with more than 200,000 people finding themselves hospitalized, missing work and unable to recover quickly.

The CDC estimates that flu kills between 3,000 and 49,000 people each year, including many young, perfectly healthy people.

Everyone 6 months of age and older should get an annual flu vaccine; it is the single best defense against this serious disease.

More information, including the “Flu Vaccine Finder,” is available at