Free Flu Vaccine Clinic, Feb. 5 (Clinic Volunteers Also Wanted)

The Yolo County Health Dept. has scheduled a free flu vaccine clinic, Wednesday, Feb. 5, 4 p.m.-8 p.m. at the West Sacramento City Hall, 1110 West Capitol Ave.

Volunteers are also needed for the flu clinic to assist with registration, screening, vaccinating, and crowd control:

–First, take the “Intro to POD Operation” course online  http://www.yolopodclasses.org/.  If you’ve already taken this course, go to the next step.

Email the Volunteer Coordinator that you’d like to volunteer for the flu clinic: volunteer.coordinator@yolocounty.org. Include your name and if you’ve volunteered in the past. Be sure you’ve already taken the online “Intro to POD Operation” course online (see above.) An email will be sent to you for taking the online course and confirming you for volunteering for the event.

All volunteers must register prior to the flu clinic. Walk-in volunteers cannot be
accepted due to liability issues.

The predominant flu virus this season is H1N1 which emerged during the 2009 flu 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. 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. While it is too early to say how long the flu season will last, there’s still time for those who have not received the flu vaccine to do so through the Yolo County Health Dept., a pharmacy or healthcare provider.

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 quality for Flu Mist. Besides Wednesday’s free flu vaccine clinic at City Hall, the Yolo County Health Dept. 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 on the first Monday of the month, 2 p.m.-5 p.m., 500 Jefferson Blvd. in West Sacramento. . .and on the second, third and fourth Mondays of the month, at 137 N. Cottonwood St., Woodland.

“If you haven’t received the flu vaccine this year, I urge you to do so,” said Yolo
County Health Officer Constance Caldwell, M.D.
“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 Dept. 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 one at home.

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