For Immediate ReleaseSeptember 27, 2013
San Rafael, CA – As flu season approaches, a flu shot is the single best defense against influenza. Protect yourself, your family and friends by getting your flu shot soon.
Free flu vaccine clinics offer uninsured residents without a regular medical provider the opportunity to be protected against the flu. They are made possible by the generous support of the Marin County Department of Health and Human Services, Walgreens, and Sutter Health Novato Community Hospital. Vaccines will be available at all locations while supplies last.
Marin 2013 Free Flu Clinics
• Canal Alliance, San Rafael, Oct. 1, 10am-2 pm
• Bahia Vista School, San Rafael, Oct. 5, 11am-2 pm
• North Bay Children’s Center, Novato, Oct. 5, 9am-noon
• Canal Alliance, San Rafael, Oct. 8, 10am-2 pm
• Point Reyes Dance Palace, Oct. 10, 3-6 pm
• Holy Innocents Food Bank, Corte Madera, Oct. 10, 5-6 pm
• Fairfax Community Church, Oct. 19, 9-11 am
• Novato Human Needs Center, Oct. 29, 1-4pm
• Sutter Health Novato Community Hospital, Novato, Nov. 23, 10am
• Marin Health & Wellness Campus, San Rafael, Dec. 14, 10am-2pm
• Sutter Health Terra Linda Urgent Care, San Rafael, Dec. 19, 8:30am-noon
Stay up to date with information regarding this season’s flu activity and additional options for flu vaccination by visiting www.marinflu.org.
The California Department of Public Health (CDPH) recommends that in addition to getting the flu vaccination, there are basic steps that can be followed to prevent and stop the spread of influenza and other respiratory illnesses. These include:
• Stay home when you are sick to avoid spreading illness to those around you.
• Cough or sneeze into your elbow or a tissue and properly dispose of used tissues.
• Wash your hands thoroughly with soap and warm water or use an alcohol-based hand sanitizer to get rid of most germs and avoid touching your eyes, nose and mouth.
• Stay healthy by eating a balanced diet, drinking plenty of water and getting adequate rest and exercise.
The flu begins with an abrupt onset of fever, muscle aches, sore throat, and cough that often make people sick enough to keep them in bed for several days. Flu can be especially dangerous for young children, seniors, pregnant women and people with chronic illnesses such as heart disease, diabetes, or asthma.
Dr. Matthew WillisPublic Health OfficerHealth and Human Services
3240 Kerner Blvd.San Rafael, CA 94901(415) 473-4163Email: Dr. Matthew WillisMarin HHS website