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Clinics ready annual flu vaccines

2010 flu shot vaccinates against both seasonal and H1N1 flu strains

With flu season approaching, local clinics and pharmacies are gearing up to offer flu vaccines to the public.

"As we move into fall, we're heading into a time when public health officials want the public to learn about how to avoid the flu, and if they do get it, how to avoid spreading it," said Maury Kendall of Santa Clara County Public Health Department.

As a first line of defense, guidelines from the Centers for Disease Control recommend everyone 6 months or older receive a flu shot.

"There are those who are always at risk and those who, as caregivers, can't afford to get ill. ... Flu does not generally discriminate or favor," Kendall said.

Those with an especially high risk of flu-related complications include children, older adults, pregnant women, people with underlying health conditions and health care workers.

The 2011 flu vaccine contains antigens of strains of seasonal flu as well as antigens of the H1N1 virus (swine flu) that reached a pandemic level in 2009. Public-health organizations anticipate that both will circulate.

The inclusion of antigens of the H1N1 strain should not dissuade those who got the H1N1 vaccine last year from getting this year's vaccine, public officials said.

"The vaccine protects against three other strains besides H1N1, and the flu strains change over time. Regardless of whether they received it last year, everyone over 6 months should take measures to protect themselves," Kendall said.

The Public Health Department also offers practical advice for avoiding coming down with the flu:

■ Wash your hands with soap and warm water often.

■ Avoid touching your eyes, nose or mouth.

■ Stay away from sick people as much as possible.

■ Keep surfaces clean.

■ Practice good health habits – eat a balanced diet and get enough rest.

■ If you're sick with flu, stay home. Do not go to school or work.

Resources to find a local clinic or pharmacy that offers flu shots are available at google.org/flushot as well as findaflushot.org.

Low-cost or free clinics also offer flu shots and can be found on the Santa Clara County Public Health website.

A selection of local retail pharmacies and medical providers, and their hours, follows.

Walgreens

300 University Ave, Palo Alto

650-326-3404

Mon.-Fri. 8 a.m.-9 p.m.; Sat. 9 a.m.-6 p.m.; Sun. 10a.m.-6 p.m.

Walk-ins welcome.

2605 Middlefield Road, Palo Alto

650-566-9723

Mon.-Fri. 8 a.m.-9 p.m.; Sat. 9 a.m.-6 p.m.; Sun. 10 a.m.-6 p.m.

643 Santa Cruz Ave., Menlo Park

650-321-1530

Mon.-Fri. 8 a.m.-9 p.m.; Sat. 9 a.m.-6 p.m.; Sun. 10 a.m.-6 p.m.

112 Rengstorff Ave., Mountain View

650-969-5784

Mon.-Fri. 9 a.m.-7 p.m.; Sat. 9 a.m.-6 p.m.; Sun. closed

4170 El Camino Real, Palo Alto

650-858-2007

Mon.-Fri. 8 a.m.-9 p.m.; Sat. 9 a.m.-6 p.m.; Sun. 10 a.m.-6 p.m.

CVS

855 El Camino Real, Palo Alto

650-322-2554

Mon.-Fri. 9 a.m.-9 p.m., Sat. 9 a.m.-6 p.m., Sun. 10 a.m.-6 p.m.

Call to make an appointment.

2701 Middlefield Road, Palo Alto

650-330-0132

Mon.-Fri. 8 a.m.-9 p.m., Sat. 9 a.m.-6 p.m., Sun. 10 a.m.-5 p.m.

325 Sharon Park Drive, Menlo Park

650-854-4636

Mon.-Fri. 8 a.m.- 9 p.m., Sat. 9 a.m.-6 p.m., Sun.10 a.m.-6 p.m.

2630 West El Camino Real, Mountain View

650-941-8430

Mon.-Fri. 8 a.m.-9 p.m., Sat. 9 a.m.-6 p.m., Sun 10 a.m.-5 p.m.

1041 El Monte Ave., Mountain View

650-961-5560

Mon.-Fri.. 8 a.m.-9 p.m., Sat. 9 a.m.-6 p.m., Sun. 10 a.m.-5 p.m.

1039 El Camino Real, Redwood City

650-780-9910

Mon.-Fri. 8 a.m.-9 p.m., Sat. 9 a.m.-6 p.m., Sun. 10 a.m.-6 p.m.

Safeway

525 El Camino Real, Menlo Park

Mon-Fri. 9 a.m.-8 p.m., Sat. 9 a.m.-6 p.m., Sun. 10 a.m.-4 p.m.

Walk-ins welcome.

2580 California St., Mountain View

650-949-2840

Mon.-Fri. 9 a.m.-8 p.m., Sat. 9 a.m.-6 p.m., Sun. 10 a.m.-4 p.m.

2811 Middlefield Road, Palo Alto

650-321-9731

Mon.-Fri. 9 a.m.-8 p.m., Sat. 9 a.m.-6 p.m., Sun. 10 a.m.-4 p.m.

850 Woodside Road, Redwood City

650-365-3682

Mon.-Fri. 9 a.m.-8 p.m., Sat. 9 a.m.-6 p.m., Sun. 10 a.m.-4 p.m.

570 Shoreline Blvd., Mountain View

650-961-4851

Mon.-Fri. 9 a.m.-8 p.m., Sat. 9 a.m.-6 p.m., Sun. 10 a.m.-4 p.m.

1071 El Camino Real, Redwood City

650-306-1902

Mon.-Fri. 9 a.m.-8 p.m., Sat. 9 a.m.-6 p.m., Sun.10 a.m.-4 p.m.

Palo Alto Medical Foundation (Sutter Health)

PAMF will offer flu vaccines to its members (organized by last name) at the location that they receive primary care.

Los Altos Center, 370 Distel Circle, Los Altos

Oct.16, 2010:

8 to 10 a.m. (L-Z)

10 a.m. to noon (A-K)

Oct.17, 2010:

8 to 10 a.m. (L-Z)

10 a.m. to noon (A-K)

Palo Alto Center, 795 El Camino Real, Palo Alto

Oct.17, 2010:

8 a.m. to noon (L-Z)

Noon to 4 p.m. (A-K)

Redwood City Center, 805 Veterans Blvd., Redwood City

Oct.16, 2010:

8 a.m. to noon

Oct.17, 2010:

8 a.m. to noon

Redwood Shores Health Center, 290 Redwood Shores Parkway, Redwood City

Oct.16, 2010:

8 a.m. to noon

Oct.17, 2010:

8 a.m. to noon

Comments

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Posted by anonymous
a resident of Duveneck/St. Francis
on Oct 16, 2010 at 9:54 am

ok. I already got my flu shot. I am not a medical expert. I have been surprised to hear and read of lots of people who say they will NOT get the flu shot. Why is this??


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Posted by Ed
a resident of Menlo Park
on Oct 16, 2010 at 9:25 pm

Regarding the question by "anonymous" as to why some people say they will NOT get the shot...

I used to be diplomatic about the answer, but I really have no more patience for such people.

With just a few exceptions they are generally ignorant, not simply about science in general and the mechanisms of immunity in particular, but also about concepts of risk and cost/benefit trade-offs.

In other words, they don't know how to think rationally -- at least not about this topic. I have no more patience for them because they put the rest of us (including my children and my elderly parents) at risk by increasing the probability of spreading flu across the overall population.


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Posted by anonymous
a resident of Duveneck/St. Francis
on Oct 17, 2010 at 11:50 am

no, I don't mean those who object to immunizations for religious reasons, say. I mean educated people who seem to have a particular objection NOW - this year. Why is this?


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Posted by Ed
a resident of Menlo Park
on Oct 17, 2010 at 10:36 pm

I didn't say anything about religion. I was referring to people who talk about flu vaccine as a "toxin" and think that vaccines cause various other medical conditions (autism, for one). Some other folks seem to think vaccines are a conspiracy for companies to make big $ or that eating natural foods will be sufficient to ward off the flu, and so on. Few of these folks cite religious reasons.

As for this year -- if there is a lower rate of vaccination I'd expect it is a rebound from last year. Because H1N1 turned out to be a "dud" (relative to the dire predictions of global pandemic) now people are skeptical.

Unfortunately, this is more ignorance. Few public health officials said H1N1 WOULD be disaster, just that it COULD be one. It is just a matter of time before there is a global pandemic from some new strain of flu. Turns out H1N1 wasn't it (maybe some variant will be).

In that way, this situation is similar to major earthquake in the Bay Area. It is not an IF question, it is WHEN. A huge earthquake will happen, and then you'll see people who (mistakenly) think that they survived a big earthquake in 1989 complain that nobody told them the real "big one" would be much much worse.


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