Stanislaus County to offer two mass H1N1 vaccination clinics

Stanislaus County residents can roll up their sleeves for an H1N1 flu shot at either of two mass vaccination clinics planned in the next two weeks.

County health officials expect thousands of people will take advantage of the free vaccinations to protect themselves against the flu pandemic. The shots are available to anyone age 6 months and older.

The first clinic will be held in Modesto on Jan. 6, from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. at the Centenary United Methodist Church at McHenry and Tokay avenues, just north of Briggsmore Avenue.

Another mass vaccination will be Jan. 14 in Turlock, from noon to 6 p.m. at the Assyrian Civic Center, 2618 N. Golden State Blvd.

Those attending should expect to stand in long lines and are advised to bring an umbrella if rain is in the forecast. People will be asked to show proof they live in Stanislaus County.

The county Health Services Agency is holding the mass vaccinations and plans clinics in other communities in January.

The clinics are the first concerted effort to administer the vaccine to the general public in Stanislaus County since the flu outbreaks began here six months ago.