SALINAS, CA, October 31, 2018 – 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 November– one at the hospital in Salinas and a second
clinic at the Taylor Farms Family Health & Wellness Center in Gonzales.
“We urge everyone eligible to get vaccinated against the influenza
virus,” says Pete Delgado, President/CEO of Salinas Valley Memorial
Healthcare System. “The influenza virus is making its way from east
to west and is already claiming lives. We want families in our community
to take advantage of these free flu clinics and to stay healthy.”
In addition to the flu vaccine, limited doses of the Tdap vaccine will
also be made available to the public for free. The Centers for Disease
Control and Prevention (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 flu season.
The first community flu clinic will take place Saturday, November 3rd between 11am and 2pm. The walk-up clinic will be located in the MRI parking
lot of Salinas Valley Memorial Hospital at 450 East Romie Lane in Salinas.
The second flu clinic will take place Saturday, November 17th between 11am and 2pm at the Taylor Farms Family Health & Wellness
Center located at 850 5th St. in Gonzales. 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 and every year the flu kills an average 24,000 people. Last
year was an especially deadly year when more than 80,000 people died from
flu complications in the United States.
Registered nurses from Salinas Valley Memorial will be administrating the
free vaccines on a first come, first serve basis and quantities are limited.
You can find more information on the
flu clinic or call (831) 759-1890.