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October 15, 2020 0

Fort Bragg, CA – Mendocino Coast Clinics (MCC) is offering a free, drive-through Public Health flu vaccine clinic on Tuesday, October 20 from 3:00 – 5:00 pm in the west parking lot of 205 South Street. It is open to all coastal residents and no appointment is necessary.

“Everyone is welcome. You don’t have to be an MCC patient to get vaccinated,” said MCC Executive Director Lucresha Renteria. “The only people who should not get the flu shot are babies younger than six months old and the tiny percentage of people who are allergic (which is like 0.0001 percent of the population). We will not provide high-dose vaccines, so this clinic is safe for pregnant women and people who are medically compromised.”

In light of the recent increase in COVID-19 cases in Mendocino County, Renteria noted that the flu shot is more important than ever. People who get the flu vaccine typically either do not get the flu at all or they have milder flu symptoms, which makes them less likely to require hospitalization. “The flu shot is always a good idea, but it is even more important this year,” she said.

MCC remains dedicated to serving all people on the coast, including the most vulnerable populations such as the elderly and the homeless. To do so, it is imperative that healthcare workers remain healthy. Renteria urged people to comply with Public Health directives to wear masks, maintain social distancing, and limit non-essential group gatherings.

For details about the flu clinic, call (707) 964-1251.

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Mendocino Coast Clinics (MCC) ofrecerá una clínica de vacunación contra la gripe de salud pública gratuita el martes 20 de octubre de 3:00 a 5:00 pm en el estacionamiento oeste de 205 South Street. Está abierto a todos los residentes de la costa y no se necesita una cita.

“Todos son bienvenidos. No es necesario ser paciente de MCC para vacunarse ”, dijo la directora ejecutiva de MCC, Lucresha Renteria. “Las únicas personas que no deberían vacunarse contra la gripe son los bebés menores de seis meses y el pequeño porcentaje de personas alérgicas (que es como el 0.0001 por ciento de la población). No proporcionaremos vacunas en dosis altas, por lo que esta clínica es segura para mujeres embarazadas y personas con problemas médicos “.

Con el reciente aumento de casos de COVID-19 en el condado de Mendocino, Rentería señaló que la vacuna contra la gripe es más importante que nunca. Las personas que se vacunan contra la gripe generalmente no contraen la gripe o tienen síntomas de gripe más leves, lo que las hace menos propensas a requerir hospitalización. “La vacuna contra la gripe siempre es una buena idea, pero es aún más importante este año”.

MCC sigue dedicado a servir a todas las personas de la costa, incluidas las poblaciones más vulnerables, como los ancianos y las personas sin hogar. Para ello, es imperativo que los trabajadores a la atención de la salud se mantengan sanos. Rentería impulse que todos cumplimos con las directivas de salud pública para usar máscaras, mantener el distanciamiento social y limitar las reuniones grupales no esenciales.

Para obtener detalles sobre la clínica de la gripe, llame al (707) 964-1251.

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October 8, 2020 0

As cooler weather approaches, most of us will start spending even more time indoors, and experts tell us this could cause an uptick in the number of coronavirus cases. In related news, flu season is on its way. Just another kick in the teeth from 2020, a year many of us would like to leave behind.

The good news is there are steps we can all take to reduce our risk of both COVID-19 and the influenza virus, and the precautions for one also reduce our risk of the other: wearing masks, remaining socially distant, washing our hands regularly, and limiting contact with people as much as possible. Although we must wait for a COVID-19 vaccine to become available, we can get our flu shot right now.

You may be thinking, if we’re all wearing masks and staying socially distant, why do we need a vaccine? There are several reasons. First, the flu is far more prevalent than the coronavirus and therefore, it is likely to spread to more people. Although you may wear masks at work and in public, you probably don’t wear them at home where people pass viruses back and forth all the time. And if you have children, your chances of getting the flu just went up.

Some people don’t get the flu shot because the vaccine is only 40-50 percent effective. But even if the vaccine protects only half the people who receive it, that means a very large number of people will not be spreading it to others. Also, people who get the vaccine typically have milder flu symptoms and are less likely to require hospitalization or to die from a complication of the illness. During the 2019-2020 flu season, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) “estimates that influenza was associated with 38 million illnesses, 18 million medical visits, 405,000 hospitalizations, and 22,000 deaths.”

Really, the only people who should not get the flu shot are babies younger than six months old and adults with allergic reactions. Just to be clear, many people experience a minor immune response to the vaccine—this is not an allergic reaction. If you feel tired and a little sick after getting the flu shot, this is actually not a bad thing according to Mendocino Coast Clinics Medical Director Dr. Lawrence Goldyn. These are the signs that your immune system is revving up. Just to put your mind at ease, according to the CDC, in recent years only 33 individuals out of 25 million vaccines given had a serious allergic reaction. So, it is extremely rare.

If you are pregnant or immuno-compromised, it is important to mention this to the person providing the flu shot. The nasal spray typically given to children is not safe for people who are immuno-compromised because the vaccine contains a little bit of live virus.

Overall, getting the flu shot is likely to prevent you from getting the flu or at least reduce your symptoms, and that will not only make you feel better but also slow the spread of the flu. Also, if you get the flu shot and later experience flu-like symptoms, your medical provider may be better able to diagnose you with coronavirus rather than the flu, saving valuable time.

Much is still unknown about the coronavirus, but we do know that people who get the flu are often more susceptible to secondary infections. It is possible that getting COVID-19 could increase our chances of contracting the flu or vice versa. It’s best to do what we can to prevent infection, and that means getting a flu shot.

The flu vaccine is proven safe and effective and every medical provider I know gets vaccinated every year (and insists their loved ones do the same). Here at Mendocino Coast Clinics, Dr. Goldyn insists that every member of the staff get the flu shot unless the employee has a medical history that makes it dangerous—a very rare occurrence.

Please, for your own health and the health of our whole community, go get a flu shot!

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September 3, 2020 0

“Back to school” may look a little different this year, but it’s still a good time to make sure that your kids are up to date on their recommended vaccines.

If they have fallen behind due to COVID-19, they can still catch up. Just give our Pediatrics office a call at 964-5696 to make an appointment for current or catch up vaccines for your little ones. We are here to help keep your children well and safe! #bestcareanywhere

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August 19, 2020 0

Many of us are finding it challenging to balance all our daily tasks these days. Here are some tips for going easier on yourself and managing your stress while still handling those thousand and one things that you have to do every day. You are not alone! And you can do it!

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July 9, 2020 0

Some information for our community:

If you have symptoms of Coronavirus, please call your healthcare provider. If you don’t have one, you can call us at 964-1251 to establish a healthcare home here at MCC.

If you believe you have been exposed to Coronavirus, you can do any of the following:

• Call your healthcare provider to discuss the exposure to determine if you should be tested.

• If you ????? ??? ???? ??????? ?? ? ????? ???????? ????, you could wait to hear from County Public Health. They will conduct contact tracing for any positive case. If you are a “contact”, they will reach out to you about getting tested, quarantine, etc. This can take some time, so if you are concerned, contact your healthcare provider.

• If you ?? ??? ???? ????????, you can call to get an appointment for surveillance testing at MCC. We are testing twice a week during the month of July. Call 964-1251 to make an appointment. Results are taking around 10-14 days.

• If you ?? ??? ???? ????????, you can call to make an appointment for a test at OptumServe in Ukiah. Testing is available Tuesday – Saturday. Call 888-634-1123 if you do not have internet access or go to https://lhi.care/covidtesting to make an appointment. Results are taking about a week,

• If you ???? ???????? of the virus, call your healthcare provider to be assessed and isolate yourself at home until your assessment and/or testing is done and the result is received.

Have questions? Call us at 964-1251. #staysafestaywell

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July 7, 2020 0

Just a friendly reminder that we are doing weekly drive-through COVID-19 testing. The testing is free and you do not have to be a Clinic patient.

To register for testing, click here and fill out the form:

https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/WQPNQXL

We will contact you to set up a date and time for your test. It is a drive through test at our clinic at 205 South Street in Fort Bragg. It is very quick and convenient.

This testing is for people who do not have symptoms. If you do have symptoms, such as persistent fever, cough, shortness of breath, or a sudden loss of taste or smell, please call us at 964-1251 to speak with a nurse.

Take care of yourself and others by wearing a mask in public, keeping physical distance from others, and washing your hands often. We’re all in this together! #staysafestaywell #bestcareanywhere

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April 11, 2020 0

COVID-19 is top of mind for most of us these days, and if you’re feeling under the weather, it’s natural to have some concerns. Here is a chart comparing the symptoms of colds, flu, allergies, and COVID-19.

Your risk of contracting COVID-19 is higher if you have recently traveled to an area with a confirmed outbreak or had direct contact with someone who has been diagnosed with COVID-19.

If you are experiencing shortness of breath, a persistent fever of 100.4 or higher, and a dry cough, call us at 964 1251. Our nursing staff will meet you in the parking lot and assess you. We are here for you! #staysafestaywell

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April 9, 2020 0

Here are some words of wisdom from our amazing Medical Director, Dr. Lawrence Goldyn. He sent this to our staff yesterday and we wanted to share it with you.

My dear co-workers:

This is not my first epidemic. I applied to medical school because of the effect of AIDS on my community, where it cut a swath through overlapping friends, patients, loved ones, and colleagues. My role as an HIV provider has been one of the great privileges of my life. Here are some of the things I have learned.

People are scared. It brings out the best and the worst in them. We will see both the good and the bad in expected, and sometimes unexpected places. We will see selfish hoarding, stigmatizing and abandonment of the ill. We will see old hurts and grudges played out. We will also witness breathtaking selflessness and kindness.

Embrace your fear. Do not let it overwhelm you. Talk to your family, colleagues, and friends about your fears, but pay attention to your audience. If you seem afraid to those who look to you for guidance you might scare them even more. If you feel overwhelmed, look for professional help without embarrassment.

Seek out distraction and entertainment. Avoid the news for a while. You’ll catch up with it.

Find solace at whatever altar comforts you. This might include a traditional house of worship, the woods, or the seashore. It might be a quiet place in your home or your garden.

Be thankful. You have a job. It is not just a source of income, which so many people are losing. It is also a place where you can concentrate on vital tasks and escape from some of the stressors at home.

Stand up for science. Science is the antidote to the ignorance that promotes fear. Science will bring us back to some kind of normalcy. I saw great scientists mocked and harassed during the early days of the HIV epidemic. They stuck to their principles. Ultimately they saved millions of lives. They rank among my heroes.

Be proud of what you are doing. Embrace your heroism, but do it with humility. This capacity to do monumental work fell into our laps. Some people spend a lifetime looking for something to participate in that is bigger than themselves.

What we do here is beyond important. We are not caring for patients in Intensive Care Units, but we are saving lives. If you doubt how heroic your work is, go online and search for “applause for health care workers.”

I applaud all of you.

Lawrence Goldyn, MD

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