With flu season on its way, health officials are now recommending that anyone over the age of six months old should be vaccinated. In years past, the vaccination shortage limited the vaccine to only those at high-risk. Dr. Karen Furst, health officer at San Joaquin County Public Health, said there is enough to go around this year.
"Almost everyone who wants (a vaccination) should get one," she said. "There are a lot of advantages to getting vaccinated."
It is also being recommended that all children should be vaccinated. In years past, the recommendation was for children ages 6 months to 5 years. Because children are in such close proximity to people, the disease is passed by them easily, said Karen Furst.
"Getting children vaccinated will help decrease infections in the community as a whole," she said.
She said most of their supply has come in, except for the shots for children under the age of two and pregnant women, but they are expecting those in soon.
In addition to offering vaccinations at their Lodi health clinic, Furst said they will be having a large community vaccine clinic on Oct. 22 at the San Joaquin County Fairgrounds.
Longs Drug Store on Lodi Ave.: Oct. 3 from 3 to 7 p.m., Oct. 11 from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m., Oct. 21 from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m., Nov. 14 from 3 to 7 p.m.
Longs Drug Store on Kettleman Lane: Oct. 7 from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m., Oct. 21 from 3 to 7 p.m., Oct. 24 from 3 to 7 p.m., Nov. 3 from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.
Raley's: Oct. 15, 16, 17,18 and Nov. 12, 13, 14, 15 from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. and 2 to 6 p.m. Cost: $25 and free for those with Medicare Part B.
S-Mart on Kettleman: Oct. 18 from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. and Oct. 31 from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Cost: $30.
Safeway: Now offering. For an appointment, call 367-7882. Cost: $30.
San Joaquin Public Health Lodi clinic: 300 W. Oak St. Every Friday from 8:30 to 11 a.m. and 1 to 4 p.m. Cost: $15 for adults and $9 for children.
Target: Nov. 1, 2 from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Cost: Call 339-0392 after Oct. 20.
Walgreens: Oct. 15 and Nov. 7 from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Cost: $24.95 and free for those with Medicare Part B.
The clinic is for adults over the age of 19, and Furst said it is being offered as a part of their flu planning.
"We are doing this as a pandemic flu drill," she said. "We are hoping to get between 400 to 1,000 people."
The clinic will be free and will be available only as a drivethrough.
Carol Farron, spokesperson for Lodi Memorial Hospital, said they will not be offering flu shots for the general public but will have them for their patients, staff and volunteers. Information on who should get flu shots and tips for staying healthy are located in the hospital's newsletter, on its Web site at www.lodihealth.org.