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Flu Season is here

Post Date:11/01/2018

animated-fight-flu-bandaidWhat can you do to keep yourself and your loved ones healthy? The first thing you can do, if you haven’t already, is get a flu vaccination.

Dr. Edward Moreno, Monterey County Health Officer recommends that all individuals six months of age and older be vaccinated against influenza. “Influenza vaccination is a safe and effective way to protect your family from complications of influenza,” states Dr. Moreno. “It’s not too late to get vaccinated.”

Community No Cost Influenza Clinics are scheduled throughout the month of November in various places in the County.

 Date  Time Location
Ages
Co-Sponsor(s)
 November 3, 2018
 11:00am - 2:00pm
 Salinas Valley Memorial Hospital, MRI Parking Lot, 450 E Romie Lane, Salinas
 6 months & older
 Salinas Valley Memorial Hospital
 November 4, 2018
 12:00pm - 3:00pm
 Mee Memorial King City Clinic, 300 Canal St, King City
 6 months & older
 Mee Memorial Hospital
 November 6, 2018
 4:00pm - 7:00pm
 Tularcitos Elementary School, 35 Ford Rd, Carmel Valley
 2 years & older
 Visiting Nurses Association (VNA) & Carmel Unified School District
 November 8, 2018
 4:00pm - 7:00pm
 Seaside High School, 2200 Noche Buena, Seaside
 2 years & older
 VNA & Monterey Peninsula Unified School District
 November 10, 2018
 12:00pm - 3:00 pm
 Grace Lutheran Church, 205 Canal St, King City
 6 months & older
 Mee Memorial Hospital
 November 13, 2018
 4:00pm - 7:00pm
 Soledad Preschool Center, 1261 Metz Rd, Soledad
 2 years & older
 VNA & Soledad Unified School District
 November 13, 2018
 4:00pm - 7:00pm
 Palma High School, Multipurpose Building, 919 Iverson St, Salinas
 4 years & older
 Foothill Community Health Center & Palma High School
 November 15, 2018
 4:00pm - 7:00pm
 North Monterey County High School, 13990 Castroville Blvd, Castroville
 2 years & older
 VNA & North Monterey County Unified School District
 November 15, 2018
 4:00pm - 7:00pm
 Mary Chapa Academy, 490 El Camino Real, Greenfield
 6 months & older
 Mee Memorial Hospital & Monterey County Head Start
 November 17, 2018
 11:00am - 2:00pm
 Taylor Farms Health & Wellness Center, 850 5th St, Gonzales
 6 months & older
 Salinas Valley Memorial Hospital
 December 15, 2018
 10:00am - 1:00pm
 Montage Medical Group, Community Hospital's Ryan Ranch Outpatient Campus, 2 Upper Ragsdale, Bldg. A, Monterey
 6 months & older
 Community Hospital of the Monterey Peninsula

 

Flu vaccinations are covered by insurance. You can get a flu vaccination at your local pharmacy or from your health care provider. Other locations offering influenza vaccination can be found at: http://flushot.healthmap.org/

Health officials recommend that people take the following additional steps to protect themselves and loved ones from influenza:

  • Cover your nose and mouth with a tissue or your elbow when you cough or sneeze.
  • Avoid touching your eyes, nose, or mouth, since hands may become contaminated with live influenza virus.
  • Wash your hands often with soap and water, especially after you cough or sneeze. If soap and water are not available, an alcohol-based hand rub may be used.
  • Try to avoid close contact with sick people. Stay at least 6 feet away from individuals who are visibly ill.
  • If you are sick, stay home from work or school until you have been symptom-free for 24 hours. Going to work or school while ill may pass the disease onto someone who is at risk for serious complications.

People at highest risk for severe complications from influenza infection include adults 65 years of age and older, children less than 5 years old, pregnant women, and those with certain medical conditions like asthma, heart disease, and weakened immune systems.

Symptoms of the flu include fever, cough, sore throat, runny or stuffy nose, muscle or body aches, headaches and fatigue. People at higher risk of severe disease who show flu symptoms should contact their medical provider. Medical providers may prescribe antiviral medications that reduce the severity and duration of illness. Antibiotics are not effective against the flu.

For more information about influenza, visit the Monterey County Health Department’s website at www.mtyhd.org/flu or the CDC’s website: www.cdc.gov/flu/

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