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Fresno County health department offering free flu vaccines

FILE - In this Wednesday, Feb. 7, 2018 file photo, a nurse prepares a flu shot from a vaccine vial at the Salvation Army in Atlanta. Most doses of vaccine are made in a production process that involves growing viruses in chicken eggs. (AP Photo/David Goldman)

The Fresno County Department of Public Health is offering free flu vaccines.

You can get a free vaccine on Saturday, Sept. 15 at the old UMC parking lot located at 445 S. Cedar Ave., Fresno, CA 93702. Cross streets are Kings Canyon and Cedar.

This event will take place from 8:00 a.m – 12:00 p.m.

Participants are asked to arrive no earlier than 7:30 a.m. Vaccine supply for this event is limited to 600 doses and vaccination will be provided on a first come-first served basis.

The flu vaccine is recommended for all persons 6 months of age and older, including pregnant women.

Considering it takes around two weeks after getting the vaccine for antibodies to develop in the body, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) recommends getting the vaccine early, before flu season, due to the fact that influenza season can be unpredictable.

For more information, call the Fresno County Department of Public Health Immunization program at (559) 600-3550 or visit www.fcdph.org/UMC.

INFLUENZA FLU SHOTS PRIORITY LIST

  • Children aged 6 months through 4 years (59 months);
  • People aged 50 years and older;*
  • People with chronic pulmonary (including asthma), cardiovascular (except hypertension), renal, hepatic, neurologic, hematologic, or metabolic disorders (including diabetes mellitus);
  • People who are immunosuppressed (including immunosuppression caused by medications or by Human Immunodeficiency Virus);
  • Women who are or will be pregnant during the influenza season and women up to two weeks after delivery;
  • People who are aged 6 months through 18 years and receiving long-term aspirin therapy and who therefore might be at risk for experiencing Reye syndrome after influenza virus infection;
  • People who are residents of nursing homes and other chronic-care facilities;
  • American Indians/Alaska Natives;
  • People with extreme obesity.
  • Health care personnel;
  • Household contacts and caregivers of children younger than 5 years and adults aged 50 years and older, with particular emphasis on vaccinating contacts of children aged younger than 6 months; and
  • Household contacts and caregivers of people with medical conditions that put them at higher risk for severe complications from influenza.
  • *Among adults, complications, hospitalizations, and deaths due to influenza are generally most common among those 65 years old and over. However, adults 50 years old and over are a priority group for vaccination because this group may be more likely to have chronic medical conditions that put them at higher risk of severe influenza illness.
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