Community - October 15, 2008

Free flu shots in Woodside, Menlo Park

Looking ahead to flu season, the San Mateo County Health Department is offering free vaccinations to eligible residents over coming months in Woodside and Menlo Park.

The Woodside clinic is from 9 a.m. to noon on Saturday, Oct. 25, at the main fire station of the Woodside Fire Protection District at 3111 Woodside Road.

In Menlo Park, clinics are scheduled for Little House at 800 Middle Ave. on Friday, Nov. 7, from 8:30 to 11:30 a.m.; the Ravenswood Family Health Center at 100 Terminal Ave. from 9 a.m. to noon on Wednesdays from Oct. 22 to Dec. 17; and at the Willow Clinic at 795 Willow Road from 1:30 to 3:30 p.m. on Mondays from Nov. 3 to Dec. 1.

County-sponsored clinics are open to anyone 60 and older, and adults with chronic health issues and the people who care for them, health department spokeswoman Beverly Thames said.

The Woodside clinic will vaccinate any adult who wants to reduce the chances of catching the flu, Fire Marshal Denise Enea said.

Pregnant women and children are not eligible for county flu shots because the vaccine contains a preservative determined to be unsafe for these groups, Ms. Thames said. Preservative-free shots should be available through personal health care, she said.

Also not recommended for flu shots are people with severe allergic reactions to eggs and those who have reacted badly to a previous flu shot, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

Woodside residents wanting a vaccination but unable to travel to the fire station that day should call the fire district at 851-1594.


Posted by Wantone, a resident of Atherton: West of Alameda
on Oct 29, 2009 at 8:58 am

The dates and times and locations in your article are in error, what are the true dates for the Menlo park "little house" flu shots?

Posted by Andrea Gemmet, Almanac staff writer
on Oct 29, 2009 at 12:30 pm

Andrea Gemmet is a registered user.

Since that story was posted, shortages have led to the cancellation of flu clinics around the county. You may want to read this story, posted three days ago: [Web Link].

San Mateo County health officials on Tuesday, Oct. 27, received a fraction of the H1N1 (swine) flu vaccine they had ordered: [Web Link].

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