Clinic offers free flu shots
by Jon Mendelson
Nov 02, 2012 | 2104 views | 0 0 comments | 4 4 recommendations | email to a friend | print
On Wednesday, Nov. 7, a Tracy tradition returns in hopes of keeping residents free of fevers, aches and chills this winter.

A free flu shot clinic is scheduled from 5 to 7 p.m. in the main rotunda of Sutter Tracy Community Hospital, 1420 N. Tracy Blvd., with the goal of inoculating local people against the viruses that can make life temporarily miserable.

Tracy architect Dan Schack has helped run the clinic for about 25 years. He assumed control six years ago, when the founder, Dr. Audrey Glover, died.

He is helped in that mission by volunteers, such as Tracy Free Clinic cofounder Dr. Michael Hurst, and the San Joaquin County Health Department and Sutter Tracy officials.

“Since his death, I’ve taken it over myself with the help of the hospital and several of the doctors here in town,” he said.

During a Sept. 29 health fair, Schack’s effort immunized 685 locals against the flu.

“We were surprised on the 29th,” Schack said. “We were expecting maybe 450 to 500, because that’s kind of what it was last year.”

According to Katie Kidder, communications manager for Sutter Health’s Central Valley region, another 200 to 300 flu shots will be available at the Wednesday clinic on a first-come, first-served basis.

Health officials at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention recommend that everyone older than 6 months receive a vaccination annually to protect against influenza, a disease that can be deadly to those with weaker immune systems.

According to the CDC website, children who from 6 months to 4 years old, adults older than 50, women who are pregnant and people with chronic immune problems should be given first priority for vaccinations if supplies are low.

People allergic to eggs should not receive the vaccine, the CDC cautions.

• Contact Jon Mendelson at 830-4231 or jmendelson@tracypress.com.
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