Stanislaus County Health Services Agency to Conduct Three Community Seasonal Flu Vaccination Clinics

Stanislaus County – The Stanislaus County Health Services Agency (HSA) will begin its community seasonal flu vaccination clinics. The three clinics will be held on:

» October 22, 2012; 2:30 p.m. – 6:30 p.m.
Ceres School District Office – Board Room, 2503 Lawrence St., Ceres, CA

» October 29, 2012; 2:30 p.m. – 6:00 p.m.
eCademy Charter School – Professional Staff Development Center, 1100 Cahill St. Turlock, CA
» November 5, 2012; 2:30 p.m. – 6:30p.m.
Northmead School – Cafeteria, 625 L St., Patterson, CA
The seasonal flu vaccine will be available for anyone six (6) months of age and older. If you are covered by MediCal, Anthem Blue Cross Managed Care, Health Net Managed Care, MIA, or straight Medicare Part B you will not be required to pay for the immunization. Individuals covered under a Medicare HMO plan (i.e. Kaiser, Secure Horizons, Health Net, Sutter Gould, etc.) should receive vaccinations from their health care provider. If you are not covered by the insurance payers listed above or do not have any insurance, the cost will be $10.00 for any child age six (6) months to 18 years of age or $25.00 for anyone aged 19 years and older. A patient’s inability to pay will not be a barrier to a vaccination.

This year the flu vaccine will offer protection against three strains of flu: A/California/7/2009 (H1N1)-like, A/Victoria/361/2011 (H3N2)-like and B/Wisconsin/1/2010-like antigens. Flu seasons are unpredictable and each season can vary in severity of illness. Influenza, or the flu, is a serious disease that can lead to hospitalization and death. Even healthy people can get very sick and pass the flu to others.

“The seasonal flu vaccine is important and is a safe way to protect yourself and your loved ones against the seasonal flu.” states Dr. John Walker, Stanislaus County Public Health Officer. “Everyone six (6) months and older should get a flu shot this fall.”

In addition to getting vaccinated, Public Health officials recommend everyone help prevent the spread of the
seasonal flu by:

• Avoid touching your eyes, nose or mouth;
• Covering your coughs and sneezes with your sleeve or tissue;
• Washing your hands often. Carry hand sanitizer with you and use it when you are not able to wash your
hands; and
• Staying home if you are sick.

Additional seasonal flu information can be found at the HSA website at www.hsahealth.org or by calling the flu information line at (209) 558-8872.