2013 Seasonal Flu
Public Health Clinic Hours: 8:30 - 11:30 am and 1 - 4:30 pm,Walk-Ins Only, No Appointments, First Come-First Served / No Se Requiere Cita, El Primero en Llegar Será El Primero Atendido.
For more information, please call the Public Health Clinic appointment desk at 805-981-5221 or toll-free at 1-888-285-5012.
Download the 2012-13 Flu Vaccine Eligibility & Fees.
“This year’s vaccine is a good match for the flu strains that are circulating so we encourage everyone who has not yet been vaccinated to get a flu shot now and protect themselves.” said Dr. Paul Russell, Deputy Health Officer for Ventura County Public Health. “It is especially important for those who are the most vulnerable to be vaccinated - the very young, very old and those with chronic illness.”
The Centers for Disease Control (CDC) recommends an annual flu vaccine for everyone six months of age and older, including pregnant women. Healthy people between two and 49 years of age, who are not pregnant, may opt for the nasal spray flu vaccine instead of the shot. It takes about two weeks after vaccination for antibodies to develop in the body and provide protection against the flu.
In addition to getting vaccinated, VCPH officials remind people that the easiest and best way to protect yourself from the flu and other viruses is to wash your hands frequently and thoroughly.
If you become sick with the flu or other respiratory illness, the best advice is to:
- Stay home
- Cover a cough or sneeze by using an elbow or a tissue and then properly dispose of the used tissue.
- Wash hands thoroughly with soap and warm water or an alcohol-based hand sanitizer, avoiding contact with eyes, nose and mouth.