The Stanislaus County Health Services Agency Public Health Services has begun its community flu vaccination clinics.
The flu vaccine will be available for anyone 6 months of age and older. No one will be turned away for the inability to pay the suggested administrative cost of $10 per child (6 months through 18 years) and $27 suggested fee per adult (19 years and older). Suggested payment may be made in cash only.
"The flu virus can be spread 24 hours before a person is aware that they are ill," states Dr. John Walker, Stanislaus County Public Health Officer. "Get a flu vaccine to protect others and those you love!" Walker said.
The first community clinic was offered Sunday at the Binational Health Week Event at Hanshaw Middle School in south Modesto. The remainder of the community clinics will be held on:
• Sunday, Oct. 12 - El Rematito Flea Market on 3113 Crows Landing Road in Modesto from 8 a.m. - 2 p.m.;
• Tuesday, Oct. 21 - Turlock Flea Market on 2000 East Avenue from 7 a.m. - 1 p.m.;
• Saturday, Oct. 25 - Patterson Family Resource Center on 118 North 2nd Street from 9 a.m. - 11 a.m.;
• Sunday, Nov. 2 - Modesto Seventh Street Flea Market at the Auction Yard on 1107 South Seventh Street from 8 a.m. - 11:30 a.m.;
• Monday, Nov. 3, St. John's Lutheran Church, 4606 Michigan Avenue in Valley Home from 2:30 p.m. - 4:30 p.m.;
• Sunday, Nov. 9, Ceres Flea Market on 1651 East Whitmore Avenue from 8 a.m. - 2 p.m.
Additional clinic dates to be determined in the following locations: Hughson, Newman and Oakdale.
In addition to the community clinics, Public Health will also be providing flu vaccinations through the immunization clinic located at 820 Scenic Drive in Modesto.
Daily immunization clinic hours are:
• Tuesday and Thursday from 10 a.m. to 6:30 p.m.
• Wednesday and Friday from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m.
Fast-track hours for flu vaccination only clients are:
• Mondays from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m.
• Thursdays from 3 p.m. to 6 p.m.
The fast track is only available through Dec. 19 and only accepts cash.
In addition to getting vaccinated, Public Health officials recommend everyone help prevent the spread of the 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.
• Staying home if you are sick.