Salinas Valley Memorial Healthcare System (SVMHS) employees donated their
time Saturday to help protect the community against the flu virus. Hundreds
of people took advantage of the first of three free flu clinic hosted
by SVMHS in partnership with the Monterey County Health Department.
People lined up in the parking lot of the SVMH Nathan Olivas Center well
before the clinic opened at 10 this morning. Many parents brought their
entire family to be vaccinated and some came from as far away as Soledad.
A 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 Gonzales.
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
In addition to the flu vaccine, Tdap vaccine was also 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.
You can find more information on the three free flu clinics at
www.svmh.com/flu or by calling the SVMHS Health Promotion Department at (831) 759- 1890.
Editor note: Photos attached Melissa Deen, RN, SVMHS Infection Prevention
manager with Salinas Resident Cristal Olivera