SALINAS, CA, November 27, 2017 – Salinas Valley Memorial Healthcare System (SVMHS) is partnering with the
Monterey County Health Department to offer free flu vaccines to families
who haven’t been vaccinated this season. SVMHS is hosting two flu
clinics in December– one at Martin Luther King, Jr. Academy in Salinas
and a second clinic at the Northridge Mall also in the city of Salinas.
The Healthcare System has already hosted two free community flu clinics
in October and November.
“We want everyone in our community to be protected from the flu,”
says Pete Delgado, President/CEO of Salinas Valley Memorial Healthcare
System. “This is why we teamed up with the Monterey County Health
Department to host additional flu clinics this season. “We hope
people will take advantage of these opportunities to get vaccinated.”
In addition to the flu vaccine, limited doses of the Pneumonia and Tdap
vaccines will also be made available to the public for free. The Centers
for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) recommends people over the age
of 65 get a Pneumonia vaccine. Pneumonia is an infection of the lungs
which can make people very sick. The CDC recommends a single dose of Tdap
vaccine for people ages 11 and older who have not previously received
it. The Tdap vaccine helps protect adolescents and adults against three
diseases-tetanus, diphtheria and pertussis commonly known as whooping
cough. The CDC is not recommending the use of the FluMist for the upcoming
The first community flu clinic in the month of December will take place
Saturday, December 2nd between 11am and 2pm. The walk-up clinic will be located in the Family
Resource Center of the Martin Luther King, Jr. Academy at 925 North Sanborn
Street in Salinas. The second flu clinic will take place Saturday, December 16th between 11am and 2pm at Northridge Mall near the center court. The Northridge
Mall is located at 796 Northridge Mall, Salinas. There is free parking
at both locations.
The free flu clinics will provide traditional shots as the most effective
vaccine. The CDC reports fewer than half of Americans get an annual flu
immunization, even though the agency reports on average, the flu kills
about 24,000 people each year in the United States.
Registered nurses from SVMHS will be administrating the free vaccines on
a first come, first serve basis and quantities are limited.