SALINAS, CA, February 22, 2014 - Salinas Valley Memorial Healthcare System (SVMHS) provided hundreds of families with free flu vaccine at a community clinic held today. People lined up for the free vaccine before the event began and volunteer nurses at SVMHS opened the vaccination stations early. In all, approximately 500 people were vaccinated at today’s clinic and no one was turned away.
This is the second time this season SVMHS partnered with the Monterey County Health Department to offer state funded flu vaccine. A similar clinic held at SVMHS last month provided more than a thousand adults, children and infants with free flu vaccine.
Infection Control and Prevention Director at SVMHS, Debra Johnson, RN says the vaccine is the best protection against aggressive flu strains circulating this season including H1N1. Johnson says there have been twice as many flu related deaths in California this year compared to last year. The flu season officially ends in early April and Johnson says it is not too late to get vaccinated.