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H1N1 vaccination clinic comes to Turlock
H1N1 flu vaccine will be available free of charge to residents of Stanislaus County at the Assyrian-American Civic Center in Turlock on Thursday. - photo by Journal file photo
The Stanislaus County Health Services Agency will hold the second H1N1 influenza vaccination clinic from noon to 6 p.m. Thursday at the Assyrian-American Civic Center in Turlock.
H1N1 flu vaccine will be available free of charge to residents of Stanislaus County, ages 6-months and older.  Preservative free vaccine will be available for pregnant women. All vaccines will be provided as  injections. Any residents arriving by 6 p.m. will be able to receive the free vaccine.  
“In Stanislaus County, the flu season peaks in February and March, making this an ideal time to be  vaccinated for the H1N1 influenza” said Dr. John Walker, county public health officer. “A vaccination given now will provide protection during the next expected wave in the H1N1 outbreak.”
The public should anticipate waiting in line, especially prior to opening, so wearing warm, weather  appropriate clothes and comfortable shoes is recommended. Once the doors open, a waiting area will be  provided indoors. Bringing snacks and water for those who are medically in need is also recommended. Layering warmer, long sleeved shirts over a short sleeve shirt will make it easier for nursing staff to  administer the vaccine in the upper arm area.  Each attendee will receive a bar coded wrist band when they arrive. A brief registration process and screening by public health nurses will occur prior to the vaccine being given.
The Health Services Agency has scheduled additional community H1N1 vaccination clinics in Riverbank, Newman, Ceres, Salida and West Modesto between now and the first week in February. Starting Tuesday, the public health department will open a walk-in H1N1 clinic on its Scenic Drive location in Modesto.
To contact Sabra Stafford, e-mail or call 634-9141 ext. 2002.