Free Flu, Whooping Cough and Pneumonia Shots at a School near You | Events
During the month of November, the Monterey County Health Department will be hosting free vaccine clinics at ten schools throughout the county. Vaccines offered will help protect against Influenza, Whooping Cough (or Pertussis) and Pneumonia. The clinics are open to anyone who would like to attend.
The list of school clinics is available click here
In California, Pertussis is at the highest levels since 1960. Ten infants have died since January of this preventable disease in our State. In Monterey County, we are continuing to see high levels of Pertussis. The Monterey County Health Department is encouraging parents and contacts of infants to make sure they get their Tdap vaccination to protect our youngest residents.
Older children need a Tdap booster shot to keep them protected at age ten. Starting with the next school year, a new law will required that all children will have to provide proof of Pertussis (Tdap) vaccination on or after their tenth birthday for entry into seventh through twelfth grade. “Take this opportunity to get your adolescents vaccinated now” said Monterey County Immunization Coordinator, Molly Hubbard “and avoid the rush to get vaccinated next fall.”
Flu might not seem as frightening this year, however many individuals are still at risk for having serious complications if they get the flu. Seniors, those with chronic illness, pregnant women and young children can get very sick with flu, even resulting in hospitalization. Everyone over the age of six months should be vaccinated against the flu. Infants and children under two should go to their pediatrician’s office to be vaccinated.
Seniors and other special groups, like smokers, also need to be protected from Pneumonia. Nurses at the clinics will screen for those who need this vaccine.
Vaccines can be given to all individuals ages two and above. Pregnant women can receive Tdap vaccine if they bring a doctors order. Vaccines will be administered in partnership with the Central Coast Visiting Nurses Association & Hospice.