STANISLAUS COUNTY --
Flu season is upon us and health officials are urging residents to get vaccinated now.
Stanislaus County Public Health officials are also ensuring the public that this year's vaccine is much more effective given that last year the virus had mutated.
Health officials are offering the flu shot at 18 off-site locations in Stanislaus as well as at their main facility.
A Stanislaus County nurse was gracious enough to get the shot for our FOX40 cameras on Thursday.
If you're not so keen on needles and between the ages of 6 and 49 years old, they also offer a nasal vaccine.
Health officials also assured FOX40 they only use single-use needles. Just this week, we saw a health scare in New Jersey when a nurse reused a syringe.
Last flu season, we saw the county deal with a shortage of the vaccination because the flu virus had mutated. This year county officials said the public will be better protected.
“This year this vaccine is clearly been proven to be a better match for the strain that is circulating in our community,” Dr. John Walker, a Stanislaus County Public Health officer said.
Officials are strongly recommending the very young, seniors and pregnant women get the vaccine, as well as healthy people.
They also recommend anyone with chronic ailments to get the vaccine for pneumonia. To schedule an appointment call (209) 558-7700.
For a list of clinics and dates click here.