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. The community flu clinics concluded in November 2019 but you can still make an appointment to get your vaccine or inquire at your next primary care appointment.
- 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.
2019-2020 Influenza Vaccine Composition and Formulations
For the 2019-2020 influenza season, the California VFC Program is offering only quadrivalent, inactivated influenza vaccines representing the following strains:
- A/Brisbane/02/2018 (H1N1)pdm09-like*
- A/Kansas/14/2017 (H3N2)-like virus*
- B/Colorado/06/2017-like virus (B/Victoria/2/87 lineage)
- B/Phuket/3073/2013-like virus (B/Yamagata/16/88 lineage)