Fight the flu · Protect yourself, protect others, get a flu vaccine annually. · Prevent the spread of germs, cover coughs and sneezes.
A yearly flu vaccination is the best tool currently available to protect against influenza (flu). The Centers for Disease Control (CDC) recommends annual vaccinations as the first and most important step in protecting against the flu and its potentially serious complications. Flu vaccination is also an important preventative tool for those with chronic health conditions.
During flu season, flu shots are offered to area residents at no charge. However, a $10 per person donation is suggested and helps support staffing and other expenses related to the clinics.
Children under 12 and pregnant women cannot receive their flu shots at a flu clinic, and should make appointments to be vaccinated at either the RCMS Gualala health center – 884-4005 – or the Point Arena health center – 882-1704.
2018 Community Flu Clinics
Did you miss our community clinics? No problem... just call the Gualala Health Center 884.4005 or the Point Arena Health Center 882.1704 to schedule an appointment to get your free shot!
Frequently Asked Questions
What flu vaccine do you give? FLUCELVAX QUADRIVALENT is what is issued for the 2018-2019 influenza (flu) season. FLUCELVAX QUADRIVALENT is for people aged 4 and older. Vaccination with FLUCELVAX QUADRIVALENT may not protect all people who receive the vaccine. The vaccine protects again 4 strains of the flu, 2 types of A strain and 2 types of B strain viruses. for more information on the types of flu viruses check the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) website here.
What's in FLUCELVAX QUADRIVALENT? FLUCELVAX QUADRIVALENT (Influenza Vaccine) is the first and only cell culture-based influenza vaccine in the United States approved for people aged 4 years and older. FLUCELVAX QUADRIVALENT helps protect against the 4 strains of influenza (2 A strains and 2 B strains) recommended by the CDC for the current influenza season.
Made using the same technology as FLUCELVAX (influenza vaccine), the first FDA-approved influenza vaccine made with cell culture technology, so it is latex free, egg free, preservative free, and antibiotic free
Demonstrated immunogenicity and safety in children and adults
Manufacturing technology eliminates the need for the use of antibiotics
Available in prefilled syringes that are preservative and latex free
How do you choose the vaccine? Influenza viruses change from year to year, so influenza vaccines must be updated annually to include the viruses that will most likely circulate in the upcoming season. Once the viruses are selected for the new formulation, private manufacturers produce, test, release and distribute influenza vaccine under the strict guidelines of the US Food and Drug Administration. For more information go to www.cdc.gov/vaccines/index.
Who should NOT get the vaccine? Tell your healthcare provider if you:
have ever had Guillain-Barré Syndrome (severe muscle weakness) after getting a flu shot
have ever fainted after receiving an injection
What if I have a weakened immune system? Tell your healthcare provider if you have problems with your immune system, as your immune response to the vaccine may be less.
What are the most common side effects of FLUCELVAX QUADRIVALENT?