2019-2020 Flu Season
The first and most important step in preventing flu is to get a flu vaccine each year. Flu vaccine has been shown to reduce flu related illnesses and the risk of serious flu complications that can result in hospitalization or even death. CDC also recommends everyday preventive actions (like staying away from people who are sick, covering coughs and sneezes and frequent handwashing) to help slow the spread of germs that cause respiratory (nose, throat, and lungs) illnesses, like flu.
How Does Flu Spread?
Most experts believe that flu viruses spread mainly by tiny droplets made when people with flu cough, sneeze or talk. These droplets can land in the mouths or noses of people who are nearby. Less often, a person might get flu by touching a surface or object that has flu virus on it and then touching their own mouth, nose or possibly their eyes.
Period of Contagiousness
You may be able to pass on flu to someone else before you know you are sick, as well as while you are sick.
- People with flu are most contagious in the first 3-4 days after their illness begins.
- Some otherwise healthy adults may be able to infect others beginning 1 day before symptoms develop and up to 5 to 7 days after becoming sick.
- Some people, especially young children and people with weakened immune systems, might be able to infect others with flu viruses for an even longer time.
Where to Get Vaccinated
Check in advance about cost and insurance coverage; influenza vaccine is typically covered by health insurance. The vaccine can be received through your doctor’s office, pharmacies, community events, and through the Public Health Immunization Department.
The Public Health immunization clinic also provides flu vaccinations daily. There is no charge for the flu vaccine.
Service is provided on the following days:
8am to 5pm
The public health clinic is located at:
- 820 Scenic Drive
Modesto CA 95350
Additional information can be obtained by calling (209) 558-7700