In anticipation of flu season, the Fresno County Department of Public Health (FCDPH) will offer free flu vaccines on Saturday, September 15, 2018. The clinic will be held at the old UMC parking lot located at 445 S. Cedar Ave., Fresno, CA 93702. Cross streets are Kings Canyon and Cedar. This event will take place from 8:00am – 12:00pm.
Participants are asked to arrive no earlier than 7:30am. Vaccine supply for this exercise is limited to 600 doses and vaccination will be provided on a first come-first served basis. The clinic will remain open if all vaccine has been used prior to 12:00pm for informational purpose only.
FCDPH will conduct this exercise to enhance emergency preparedness and response skill. Exercises such as this also provide an opportunity for our community to practice readiness for future public health emergencies.
The flu vaccine is recommended for all persons 6 months of age and older, including pregnant women.
“The best way to prevent the flu is by getting vaccinated. Since flu activity is historically widespread in California, we want to offer the residents of Fresno County a way to protect themselves and their loved ones from this virus,” said Dr. Sara Goldgraben, Fresno County Public Health Officer.
Considering it takes around two weeks after getting the vaccine for antibodies to develop in the body, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) recommends getting the vaccine early, before flu season, due to the fact that influenza season can be unpredictable.
For more information, call the Fresno County Department of Public Health Immunization program at (559) 600-3550 or visit http://www.fcdph.org/UMC.