Vaccinations Offered in Drive-through Clinic at Hilltop Mall
Fight the flu without even getting out of your car. Free flu
vaccinations will be provided at the county’s first ever drive-through
clinic 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday, December 6 at Hilltop Mall in
The flu kills about 36,000 people annually in the United States, but
people can help protect themselves by getting vaccinated, said Erika
Jenssen, Immunization Coordinator for Contra Costa Health Services (CCHS),
which is co-hosting the event with Hilltop Mall.
“We are encouraging everyone over the age of 6 months to get vaccinated
against the flu to help protect themselves, their loved ones, their
co-workers and their classmates,” Jenssen said.
vaccinated will help people be protected during the holidays and beyond.
This will help everyone not give the gift of flu this season.”
the first year that the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention is
also recommending that children ages 6 to 18 receive the flu vaccine
because the illness spreads rapidly in school-age children. This age
group also frequently comes into contact with people who are most at
risk of suffering complications of the flu, such as younger siblings and
grandparents. A person can be contagious 24 hours before they even have
symptoms, which may include a headache, body aches, high fever and a dry
shots and the nasal flu spray will be available and all ages are
welcome. Everyone who can, should get vaccinated, Jenssen said. Women
who are pregnant and people who are over 50 or have a chronic disease of
the heart, lung or liver should get the shot. The nasal spray is a good
alternative for healthy people who don’t like shots and are ages 2 to 49
and not pregnant. People with allergies to eggs shouldn’t get the flu
vaccine because it contains egg products.
December 6 clinic is also serving as a drill for CCHS and other county
and city agencies to practice alternative methods of dispensing
medication during a health emergency.
"The clinic gives us the opportunity to exercise the vaccination
capabilities for use of the Strategic National Stockpile," said Kim Cox,
CCHS Emergency Services Manager, referring to the stockpile of emergency
medication distributed by the federal government. "Contra Costa County
will be better prepared for a health emergency as a result of this
The clinic is sponsored by CCHS and Hilltop Mall in conjunction with
JCPenney, Contra Costa County Sheriff’s Office of Emergency Services,
City of Richmond and the Richmond Police Department.
The clinic will be held in the JCPenney Parking Lot D, 2200 Hilltop Mall
Road, Richmond. Vaccinations also will be provided to people who walk up
to the clinic. People are asked not to bring their pets.
For more information on the drive-through clinic or flu vaccinations,
www.cchealth.org or call 925-313-6469.
Contra Costa Health Services
925-313-6268, 925-313-6219 fax
597 Center Avenue, Suite 255
Martinez CA 94553
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