For Immediate ReleaseSeptember 27, 2018
Protect yourself, your family and the community by taking precautions
San Rafael, CA – Public Health officials at the County of Marin urge everyone 6 months and older to get vaccinated early before a contagious virus starts circulating. A series of free flu vaccine clinics begin October 2 in a collaborative effort to help all Marin residents regardless of health insurance status.
Flu strains change over time, making it important to get a flu vaccine every year. Timely flu shots help prevent a disease that hospitalizes hundreds of thousands and kills tens of thousands of Americans every year. The start of the flu season is unpredictable, and the vaccine takes two weeks to become fully effective.
In October, the Marin County Department of Health and Human Services will host free flu clinics in San Rafael, Novato, and Point Reyes Station. The nonprofit Coastal Health Alliance will host clinics at various West Marin locations.
*Age 3 years and older
Vaccines are available at doctors’ offices, and many pharmacies provide free or low-cost flu vaccinations to the public.
Flu symptoms include fever, cough, sore throat, runny or stuffy nose, muscle or body aches, headaches, and fatigue. In most cases, people should not visit a hospital emergency room for flu symptoms but are encouraged to call a doctor. People who experience symptoms should stay home for at least 24 hours after their fever goes away to prevent spreading the infection to others.
Help stop the spread of germs by practicing good hand washing and health habits. Here’s a checklist:
Some population groups may experience complications from the flu and should contact their health care provider immediately. These groups include pregnant women, children younger than 5 years old, adults 65 and older, and people with chronic medical conditions, such as heart disease, asthma, and diabetes. Doctors can prescribe antiviral medications that reduce the severity and duration of illness. Anyone who is very sick should go to the emergency room for treatment.
For more information, visit marinflu.org.
Dr. Lisa SantoraDeputy Public Health OfficerHealth and Human Services
3240 Kerner Blvd.San Rafael, CA 94901(415) 473-4163Email: Dr. Lisa SantoraMarin HHS website