National Influenza Vaccination Week - Dec. 2-8, 2018

2018-2019 Flu Season

The first and most important step in preventing flu is to get a flu vaccine each year. Flu vaccine has been shown to reduce flu related illnesses and the risk of serious flu complications that can result in hospitalization or even death. CDC also recommends everyday preventive actions (like staying away from people who are sick, covering coughs and sneezes and frequent handwashing) to help slow the spread of germs that cause respiratory (nose, throat, and lungs) illnesses, like flu.

How Does Flu Spread?

Most experts believe that flu viruses spread mainly by tiny droplets made when people with flu cough, sneeze or talk. These droplets can land in the mouths or noses of people who are nearby. Less often, a person might get flu by touching a surface or object that has flu virus on it and then touching their own mouth, nose or possibly their eyes.

Period of Contagiousness

You may be able to pass on flu to someone else before you know you are sick, as well as while you are sick.

  • People with flu are most contagious in the first 3-4 days after their illness begins.
  • Some otherwise healthy adults may be able to infect others beginning 1 day before symptoms develop and up to 5 to 7 days after becoming sick.
  • Some people, especially young children and people with weakened immune systems, might be able to infect others with flu viruses for an even longer time.

Where to Get Vaccinated

Check in advance about cost and insurance coverage; influenza vaccine is typically covered by health insurance.

Stanislaus County Health Services Agency (HSA) Public Health Division continues its 2018 community seasonal flu vaccination clinics at the following locations:

    Saturday, October 20th
    9:00am - 2:00pm
    King Kennedy Memorial Center, 601 S. Martin Luther King Drive
    Modesto CA
    Monday, October 22nd
    2:00pm - 5:00pm
    Ceres Unified, 2503 Lawrence Street
    Ceres CA
    Thursday, November 1st
    2:30pm - 4:30pm
    Ceres Unified, 2503 Lawrence Street
    Ceres CA

The Public Health immunization clinic also provides flu vaccinations daily. The charge is $25, to cover the cost of vaccine administration. No one will be turned away for the inability to pay this fee.

Service is provided on the following days:

    Walk-In Services
    Tuesday 8:00am - 7:00pm
    Thursday 8:00am - 7:00pm
    Service by Appointment Only:
    Wednesday & Friday 8:00am - 5:00pm

The public health clinic is located at:

    820 Scenic Drive
    Modesto CA 95350

Additional information can be obtained by calling (209) 558-7700

Additional Resources

CDC - Fight Flu