Physician’s Longtime Free Flu Clinics Continue in Tracy
TRACY, Calif. — One of the longest-running free flu clinic programs in Northern California will continue this year with two opportunities for San Joaquin County residents at Sutter Tracy Community Hospital, with the first once slated for Saturday from 10 a.m.-1 p.m.
Free flu vaccinations have been given in Tracy since the early 1960s, when longtime San Joaquin County obstetrician and medical leader Audrey Glover, M.D., saw a need in the community to prevent the spread of the disease during the flu season. Through the years, about 60,000 free flu shots have been administered to local residents.
“The flu was devastating during those early years,” said longtime friend Dan Schack, a Tracy engineer. “Dr. Glover felt there was a need to provide the vaccinations for free.”
Schack joined Dr. Glover in the community effort in 1985, assisting in purchasing flu vaccine and organizing the clinics. When Dr. Glover passed away in 2006, Schack promised to keep the free clinics continued, and he continues to obtain hundreds of doses of the flu vaccine for the clinics, partnering with the county health department and the hospital.
It is expected that up to 1,000 area residents will receive the free vaccinations during the two Glover/Schack clinics, both of which will be held at Sutter Tracy Community Hospital, located at 1420 N. Tracy Blvd. The times and locations are:
- 10 a.m.-1 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 6, in the hospital’s registration entrance located in south front parking lot.
- 5:30-7 p.m. Thursday, Nov. 1, in the hospital’s main entrance.
The influenza vaccine is available for anyone 6 months of age and older.
“No matter your age, gender, years of education or zip code, you are at risk of getting the flu. Getting an annual flu shot is the first and most important step in preventing the spread of the flu,” said Jeffrey Silvers, M.D., Sutter Health medical director of pharmacy and infection control. “It is safe and the only preventive option we have for now. This single action can reduce illness, antibiotic use, doctor visits and lost time from work, as well as prevent hospitalizations and deaths.”
For more information on the Sutter Tracy clinics, call (209) 833-2308.