National Influenza Vaccination Week

2017-2018 Flu Season

Flu season is here. It is time to get vaccinated. As family and friends are gathering for the holidays, flu activity is increasing. Now is a great time to get a flu vaccine if you have not gotten vaccinated yet. A flu vaccine can protect you and your loved ones. This season, the CDC recommends only flu shots (not the nasal spray vaccine).

We all want to stay healthy. A flu shot is the best protection against getting sick with the flu. Flu season has arrived in Stanislaus County, so don’t wait any longer to get your shot.

Who should get the flu shot?

Everyone at least six months of age and older should get vaccinated against the flu.

People at the highest risk of severe illness and/or death include children, seniors, pregnant women and those with chronic medical conditions or weak immune systems. Getting the flu shot is especially important for these people.

A few options for shots are available. Some protect against three (3) flu viruses and some protect against four (4). Both are fine for those who are at least six months old. Ask your doctor which is best for you and your family.

Protect Yourself!

Even after you get your flu shot, you should protect yourself and others by:

  • Washing your hands often with soap and water. If soap and water are not available, use an alcohol-based hand rub;
  • Staying home and limiting contact with others when you are sick;
  • Covering your nose and mouth with a tissue when you cough or sneeze. Throwing the tissue out when you are done;
  • Not touching your eyes, nose and mouth;
  • Avoiding close contact with sick people;
  • Cleaning and disinfecting surfaces.

Where to Get Vaccinated

Check in advance about cost and insurance coverage; influenza vaccine is typically covered by health insurance.

Stanislaus County Health Services Agency (HSA) Public Health Division continues its 2017 community seasonal flu vaccination clinics at the following locations:

    Sunday, December 3rd
    10:30am - 1:00pm
    Sikh Temple, 1391 5th Street
    Turlock CA
    Tuesday, December 5th
    4:00pm - 6:00pm
    Ceres Unified School District, 2503 Lawrence Ave.
    Ceres, CA
    Sunday, December 17th
    St. Stanislaus Church, 1416 Maze Blvd
    Modesto CA

The Public Health immunization clinic also provides flu vaccinations daily. The charge is $25, to cover the cost of vaccine administration. No one will be turned away for the inability to pay this fee.

Service is provided on the following days:

    Walk-In Services
    Tuesday 10:00am - 6:00pm
    Thursday 12:00pm - 6:00pm
    Service by Appointment Only:
    Wednesday & Friday 8:00am - 5:00pm

The public health clinic is located at:

    820 Scenic Drive
    Modesto CA 95350

Additional information can be obtained by calling (209) 558-7700

Additional Resources

CDC - Fight Flu