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Flu Vaccine Information

 

Vaccination is the best protection against the flu. Everyone should get vaccinated each year, to be protected against H1N1 and other strains of flu. H1N1 no longer requires a separate vaccination; it is just one of the three strains that are always included in the regular seasonal vaccine.

 

County Clinics
Vaccine Schedule

Cost

Locations

Monday - Friday
1:30pm to 4pm

(excluding holidays and days that the clinics will be closed for county County Holidays)

No appointment necessary

Subject to availability and space.

Cost:
$15 - $55*

* Contact clinic to confirm cost.

* No cost for people with Medi-Cal or Medicare.

Santa Cruz Health Center
1080 Emeline Ave., Santa Cruz
(831) 454-4100

Watsonville County Health Clinic
9 Crestview Drive, Watsonville
(831) 763-8400

 

Vaccine Availability

Thimerosal-free vaccine is currently available for pregnant women and children 6 to 36 months of age.

It is now recommended that everyone six months or older get vaccinated against the flu each year. This is especially important for the following groups:

  • Children aged 6 months to 18 years of age,
  • Pregnant women,
  • People 50 years of age and older,
  • People of any age with certain chronic medical conditions,
  • People who live in nursing homes and other long term care facilities,
  • People who live with or care for those at high risk for complications from flu, including:
    • Household contacts of persons at high risk for complications from the flu (see above),
    • Household contacts and out-of-home caregivers of children less than 6 months of age (these children are too young to be vaccinated),
    • Healthcare workers.

The following sources may also have the flu shot available:  

If you have questions about flu vaccine, call 454-4343 (at the end of the message, during business hours, you will be able to speak to a public health nurse).

Questions About the Flu?

CDC Flu Information
For further information
contact the CDC:
English: (800) 232-2522
Español: (800) 232-0233
For Clinicians
(877) 554-4625

Santa Cruz County
Flu Informatiion Line
English and Spanish
(831) 454-4343