Influenza

Prevent the Flu with a Flu Shot!

Influenza, also called flu, is a contagious respiratory illness caused by influenza viruses. It is not the same as the common cold or COVID-19, both of which are caused by different viruses. Influenza is a potentially serious disease that can lead to hospitalization and sometimes even death.

The flu shot is a safe, effective way to reduce your chance of ending up in the hospital with severe flu. This year, people with flu symptoms will likely have to get a COVID-19 test and stay home from work and isolate/quarantine from their families while awaiting results.

How Does the Flu Vaccine Benefit Me?

  • Flu vaccination can keep you from getting sick with flu.
  • Protects those you care for, work with, and live with, including those with chronic disease, children, working age adults, and older adults.
  • Reduces missed work and school due to the flu
  • Prevents flu-related hospitalizations
  • Protects those you care for, work with, and live with, including those with chronic disease, children, working age adults, and older adults.

Who Should get the Flu Shot?

Every person aged 6 months and older should get a flu shot.

Where Can I Get a Free Flu Shot in Stanislaus County?

Stanislaus County Public Health has organized Mobile Flu Clinics occuring at various locations in communities throughout the county.

  • No appointment needed
  • All are welcome regardless of immigration status
  • No cost
  • Shots available at this location for everyone age 6 months and older. Children aged 6 months - 17 must be accompanied by a parent or guardian. Younger children should get a shot from their regular pediatrician.

Click on the clinic locations posted on the map below for dates & times. Dates, times & locations are subject to change.

Download our flu clinic flyer for more information.

Additional Resources

  • Influenza - Center for Disease Control and Prevention (English|Spanish)