Salinas Valley Memorial Healthcare System (SVMHS) is kicking off a series of free community flu clinics to prepare area families for the flu season. The clinics are in partnership with the Monterey County Health Department. During the months of October and November, SVMHS is hosting three flu clinics; one at the SVMHS Nathan Olivas Center in Salinas, a second flu clinic at Palma School in Salinas and a third at the Taylor Farms Family Health & Wellness Center in Gonzales.

“Offering the vaccine for free is part of our commitment to the health and wellness of our community,” says Pete Delgado, President/CEO of Salinas Valley Memorial Healthcare System. “The flu virus can be deadly and now is the time to protect yourself and your family.”

In addition to the flu vaccine, limited doses of the Tdap vaccine will also be made available to the public at no cost. Tdap helps protect adults and adolescents against three diseases – tetanus, diphtheria and pertussis commonly known as whooping cough. 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 Tdap. Limited doses of the pneumonia vaccine are also available for those eligible.

The first community flu clinic takes place Saturday, October 19th between 11am to 2pm in the parking lot of the SVMH Nathan Olivas Center located at 120 Wilgart Way across the street from the Salinas Valley Memorial Hospital parking garage. There is free valet parking available in the garage.

The second flu clinic takes place Tuesday, November 5th between 4pm and 7pm at Palma School, 919 Iverson Street in Salinas. The third, on Saturday, November 9th from 11am to 2pm at the Taylor Farms Family Health and Wellness Center, 850 5th Street in Gonzalez.

The free flu clinics provide traditional shots as the most effective vaccine. The CDC reports that 79,400 people died from the flu during the 2017/2018 season in the United States and that nearly 50 million people contracted the virus. (Please see attached CDC graphic.)

Registered nurses from SVMHS will be administrating the free vaccines on a first come, first serve basis and quantities are limited. You can find more information on the three free flu clinics at www.svmh.com/flu or by calling our Health Promotion Department at (831) 759- 1890.