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Influenza - Prevention



Keep your family strong. Vaccinate. Fight Flu.

The flu vaccine will protect against the influenza viruses that research indicates will be most common during the season. This includes an influenza A (H1N1) virus, an influenza A (H3N2) virus, and one or two influenza B viruses, depending on the flu vaccine.  

Flu vaccine is offered in a variety of settings in Monterey County.  Your medical provider may have flu vaccine for you.  Other alternatives are pharmacies, retail stores with pharmacies inside them, and/or community-based immunization clinics.  A schedule of free community-based influenza vaccine clinics can be found below.

Other ways to keep from getting or spreading the flu include: 

  • Avoid close contact with people who are sick. When you are sick, keep your distance from others to protect them from getting sick too.
  • If possible, stay home from work, school, and errands when you are sick. You will help prevent others from catching your illness.CDC_WashingHands
  • Cover your mouth and nose with a tissue when coughing or sneezing. It may prevent those around you from getting sick.
  • Washing your hands often will help protect you from germs. If soap and water are not available, use an alcohol-based hand rub.Germs are often spread when a person touches something that is contaminated with germs and then touches his or her eyes, nose, or mouth.
  • Clean and disinfect frequently touched surfaces at home, work or school, especially when someone is ill. Get plenty of sleep, be physically active, manage your stress, drink plenty of fluids, and eat nutritious food.

No Cost Influenza ("Flu") Immunization Clinics in Fall 2018:

 Date  Time Location
 October 23, 2018
 2:00pm - 4:00pm
 California State University-Monterey Bay (CSUMB), Tanimura & Antle Family Memorial Library, 100 Campus Center, Seaside
 6 months & older
 CSUMB Campus Health Center & Department of Nursing
 October 25, 2018
 2:00pm - 4:00pm
 CSUMB, Student Center, East Lounge, 100 Campus Center, Seaside
 6 months & older
 CSUMB Campus Health Center & Department of Nursing
 October 29, 2018
 12:00pm - 3:00pm
 Monterey Peninsula College (MPC), Sam Caras Room by Library, 980 Fremont, Monterey
 6 months & older
 MPC Student Health Center & Maurine Church Colbun School of Nursing
 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
 1:00pm - 5:00pm
 Mee Memorial Hospital, 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 13, 2018
 4:00pm - 7:00pm
 Soledad Preschool Center, 1261 Metz Rd, Soledad
 2 years & older
 VNA & Soledad Unified School District
 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 17, 2018
 11:00am - 2:00pm
 Taylor Farms Health & Wellness Center, 850 5th St, Gonzales
 6 months & older
 Salinas Valley Memorial Hospital

Please check back soon.  As soon as more dates and locations are finalized, we will be posting them here.  Did we mention these shots are FREE?!?  Don't see a location/time that fits your schedule?  Enter your ZIP code below and find a location near you.