Merced County Health / BHW flu shot drive thru
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We will be helping with general volunteers guiding traffic and community engagement.
MERCED COUNTY, CA – Merced County Health Officials urge everyone to get an annual influenza (flu) vaccination as we enter into the flu season due to the anticipated overlap with the COVID-19 pandemic this year. This month, the Merced County Department of Public Health (Department) will host three free drive-thru flu clinics, in different locations throughout the County. However, the Department encourages all community members not to wait if you can get vaccinated sooner from your provider or local pharmacy. Widespread vaccination helps prevent the spread of flu within our communities, so don’t wait to vaccinate.
The flu and COVID-19 are both respiratory illnesses with similar symptoms, such as congestion, cough and fever. To prevent the spread of the flu, all persons 6 months of age and older (including pregnant women) in our community should get a flu vaccine this year. Getting a flu shot is the most important step in preventing this year’s flu. Other prevention steps to continue include practicing safety measures like social distancing, wearing a cloth face covering when in public, washing your hands regularly, and staying home if you are sick.
“Not only does getting a flu vaccination reduce your risk of flu illness, it also helps protect those around you.” said Merced County Public Health Director Rebecca Nanyonjo. “Preventing and reducing levels of influenza in our community will also reduce symptoms that might be mistaken with those of COVID- 19.”
“The Department wants to urge all residents in Merced County to get a flu vaccine and to get it early,” states Dr. Salvador Sandoval, the Public Health Officer. “It is extremely important for residents to help keep our community healthy and moving forward to recovery by getting an influenza vaccine”.