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It's Not Too Late to Get the Flu Vaccine

Fremont, Calif., January 10, 2013 –Washington Hospital is hosting two public flu vaccination events next week for adults and children 4 years of age and older. The mercury-free flu vaccine will be administered by injection to people who have not received the vaccine this season on a first come, first serve basis for $10.

“Getting vaccinated is the single best way for people to protect not only themselves against flu, but their loved ones as well,” said Dianne Martin, MD, infectious disease specialist. “We are experiencing an increase in flu-related illnesses, which is why we are still encouraging people to get vaccinated even after the flu season has started.”

Vaccination is the first and most important step in protecting against flu viruses. People six months of age and older should get the flu vaccine (Note that only people 4 years of age and older will be vaccinated at Washington Hospital flu vaccination clinics. Children under 4 years of age should see their pediatrician). Vaccination of high risk persons is especially important to decrease their risk of severe flu illness, which can result in hospitalization for many. People at high risk of serious flu complications include young children, pregnant women, people with chronic health conditions like asthma, diabetes or heart and lung diseases and people 65 years and older.

Vaccination also is important for those who live with or care for high risk individuals to keep from spreading flu to high risk people. Because children younger than 6 months are at high risk of serious flu illness, but are too young to be vaccinated, people who care for them should be vaccinated instead.

  • When: Thursday, January 16th, Noon to 2 p.m. and 3:30 p.m. to 5:30 p.m. Friday, January 17th, Noon to 2 p.m. and 3:30 p.m. to 5:30 p.m.
  • Where: 2500 Mowry Avenue, Fremont, CA - First Floor (Washington West Building)
  • Who: Children and adults 4 years of age and older. First come, first serve.
  • Cost: $10 dollars (cash or check only)

What everyone can do to help prevent the spread of the flu and other viruses is to wash hands often, and thoroughly using soap and warm water. When hand washing is not an option, alcohol-based hand sanitizer is a good alternative.