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County Officials Urge Flu Precautions

POSTED January 22, 2013 9:43 p.m.

Cases of Influenza A have been identified in Stanislaus County. Health officials remain concerned because of low vaccination during the fall. The flu vaccine is recommended for everyone six months of age and older. Check with your primary care provider or your local pharmacy for vaccine availability. You can also find a vaccine provider in your area by visiting www.flushot.healthmap.org.

“The seasonal flu vaccine is an important and safe way to protect yourself and your loved ones against the seasonal flu,” said Dr. John Walker, Stanislaus County Public Health Officer. “Everyone six months and over should get a flu shot.”

Vaccinations are offered at the Stanislaus County Public Health Department and are provided to the public during the hours of 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Tuesdays and Thursdays and on Wednesdays and Friday from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. at the Public Health location. No appointments are necessary.

The flu vaccine is payable for Medicare, Health Plan of San Joaquin, Health Net Medi-Cal and Medi-Cal Fee for service members. If someone is not covered by one of these health plans the fee would be $10 per child (six months through18 years) and $25 per adult, payable by cash or check. No person will be turned away for inability to pay. Individuals not covered by the plan can also receive vaccinations for their health care provider.

Information regarding influenza vaccinations is available on the Health Services Agency Flu Hotline at 209-558-8872 or at the website, www.hsahealth.org.

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