1800 Mt. Vernon Avenue
Bakersfield, CA 93306-3302
October 4, 2016
Public Relations Officer
Bakersfield, CA – The Kern County Public Health Services Department encourages residents to get their flu vaccine annually. The flu vaccine is the first and best way to protect against the flu. The flu can be a serious disease that can lead to hospitalization and sometimes even death. Anyone can get sick from the flu and certain people are at greater risk for serious complications from the flu. These high-risk people include: young children, pregnant women, adults 65 years and older, and anyone with chronic health conditions such as asthma or diabetes. “We encourage our residents to take advantage of these low-cost options to protect themselves and their loved ones from the flu” says Matt Constantine, Director of Kern County Public Health Services Department.
Residents can take advantage of the following opportunities to receive a flu shot:
Routine Public Health Clinics
• Public Health Services Building on 1800 Mt. Vernon Avenue, Bakersfield – Monday through Friday 8am-11am and 1pm-4pm either by appointment or walk-in.
• Outlying areas (Delano, Shafter, Taft, Arvin, Mojave and Ridgecrest) – Call 661-321-3000 for clinic dates and times or to schedule an appointment.
$9.00 per shot.
Extended Public Health Clinic Hours
• Public Health Services Building on 1800 Mt. Vernon Avenue, Bakersfield – Thursdays in October from 5pm-7pm. Walk-ins welcome or call for appointment.
$9.00 per shot.
No Charge Clinics
• Hosking Avenue Swap Meet – Friday, October 14th, 5pm-9pm
• Kern County Fairgrounds Swap Meet – Sunday, October 30th, 7am-12pm.
Free flu shots offered on a first-come, first serve basis – doses are limited – sponsored by Kern Health Systems
In addition to getting an annual flu vaccination, residents should also do the following to stop the spread of flu and other respiratory illnesses:
• Stay home when sick
• Cover a cough or sneeze with a tissue and properly dispose of the used tissue
• Wash hands thoroughly with soap and warm water or an alcohol-based hand sanitizer
• Avoid touching your eyes, nose and mouth
For more information call 661-321-3000 or visit www.kernpublichealth.com.