Health Department Offers Another Free Flu Vaccine Opportunity

The Yolo County Health Department is offering a fourth special free flu vaccine clinic on Wednesday, February 5, 4:00 to 8:00 p.m., at West Sacramento City Hall, located at 1110 W. Capitol Avenue in West Sacramento.

So far, the predominant flu virus this season is H1N1. This is the H1N1 virus that emerged during the 2009 pandemic. Seasonal flu is responsible for severe illness and death every year, but the H1N1 virus disproportionately affects younger adults, children, people with chronic medical conditions and pregnant women. To date this season, five Yolo County residents under the age of 65 have been admitted to an intensive care unit as a result of the flu. Additionally, in 2009, H1N1 did not follow the traditional flu season months of November through March. While it is too early to determine how long the flu season will last, there is still time for those who have not gotten their flu vaccine to do so through their healthcare provider, pharmacy or through the Yolo County Health Department.

All forms of the flu vaccine this season are designed to protect against H1N1. Flu vaccine is available for individuals 6 months and older. No needle is necessary for eligible individuals ages 2 to 49 years who qualify for Flu Mist.

Besides the special free flu vaccine clinics, the Health Department also provides in-house seasonal flu vaccinations during its regularly scheduled Monday immunization clinics. All vaccines offered during these clinics are $10, unless otherwise noted. Those unable to pay will not be turned away. No appointment is necessary; community members are seen on a first come, first served basis. With the exception of holidays, regularly scheduled immunization clinics are held from 2:00 to 5:00 p.m. on the first Monday of the month at 500B Jefferson Boulevard in West Sacramento and on the second, third and fourth Mondays of the month at 137 N. Cottonwood Street in Woodland. The next immunization clinic will be held on Monday, February 3 at the West Sacramento facility.

“The special free flu vaccine clinic in Woodland this past weekend was a huge success with 79 volunteers assisting in providing flu vaccine to over 400 residents,” said Yolo County Health Officer Constance Caldwell, M.D. “If you haven’t received the flu vaccine this year, I
urge you to do so. By getting vaccinated, you will not only be protecting yourself, you will also be protecting vulnerable individuals around you.”

In addition to getting the flu vaccine, the Yolo County Health Department recommends the following steps to prevent 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 loved one.
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