Large Turnout for Free Flu Clinic at City Hall

Community Responds to Flu Clinic – Over 800 residents visited the City Hall Galleria, Feb. 5, to receive the flu virus vaccination. Community volunteers assisted the County Health Dept. and the West Sacramento Fire Dept. is keeping the clinic moving efficiently. Photo: Frank Pereira, City of West Sacramento

The West Sacramento City Hall was the location for a special free flu clinic, Feb. 5, with more than 800 vaccinations provided. The free clinic was offered by the City and the Yolo County Health Dept. to counter the impact of the H1N1 flu virus this season.

“The County Health Department was very pleased with the response from West Sacramento,” said Fire Division Chief Rebecca Ramirez. The West Sacramento Fire Department assisted County Health with the clinic. “We saw twice the number of people expected, but we had ample supply of vaccinations to cover the demand.”

Approximately 60 volunteers, including members of the Citizen Emergency Response Team, assisted the County and the City with clinic registration, screening and organizing citizens.

This season, the H1N1 virus has had high impact in the region. The Health Dept. reports that five Yolo County residents under the age of 65 have been admitted to intensive care units as a result of the flu. The Health Dept. also says it is not too late to receive the flu vaccine this season. The public can still receive vaccinations though pharmacies, healthcare providers, and the Yolo County Health Dept., which offers immunization clinics
the first Monday of the month, 2 p.m.-5 p.m., at the Yolo County services office in West Sacramento, at 500 Jefferson Blvd.; and on the second, third and fourth Mondays in Woodland, at 137 N. Cottonwood St. , which provides seasonal flu vaccinations during its regular Monday clinics. Vaccines are generally $10 per person, but those unable to pay will not be turned away.

In addition to receiving flu vaccines, the Health Dept. recommends the following steps for preventing the flu:

–Cover your nose and mouth with a tissue or sleeve when you cough or sneeze. Throw the tissue in the trash after you use it.

–Wash your hands frequently with soap and water for at least 20-seconds or use an alcohol-based hand sanitizer.

–Minimize contact with people who are sick, as much as possible, and stay home when you are sick.

–Parents should ask about flu plans at their children’s schools and day care centers.

–Employees should ask about work policies for telecommuting or staying home when they or a relative is sick with the flu.

–Stock extra food, water, medications, cleaning supplies and tissues to reduce the need to go out in public when taking care of a sick one at home.

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