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County Encourages Residents to Get Out and Vote, Get Flu Vaccinations on Election Day

Supervisor Kniss to “Vote and Vax” in Palo Alto, Tuesday, 9 a.m.

Santa Clara County residents are invited to join Supervisor Liz Kniss as she participates in Santa Clara County’s first “Vote and Vax” program and receives a flu vaccine on Election Day at 9 a.m., Palo Alto Buddhist Temple, 2751 Louis Road, Palo Alto. Supervisor Kniss is encouraging residents to vote and get a flu vaccine on Election Day.

“Vote and Vax combines two of our goals; to encourage people to get out and vote, and to protect their health with a flu vaccine,” said Supervisor Liz Kniss, who supported the Stanford team in getting this pilot program approved. “We are proud to work with Stanford to bring Vote and Vax to Santa Clara County residents.”

The County of Santa Clara Board of Supervisors, Registrar of Voters Office and Public Health Department supported Stanford University School of Medicine’s efforts to bring the “Vote and Vax” program to Santa Clara County. Vote and Vax is a national project of the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation in collaboration with SPARC (Sickness Prevention Achieved through Regional Collaboration) which began in 2004 to provide safe and convenient flu vaccinations at polling places.

Over the past 10 years, Vote and Vax and its local partners have worked successfully with election officials in communities across the country. On Election Day 2008, the program delivered 21,434 influenza vaccinations at 331 polling places in 42 states and the District of Columbia.

“The Registrar of Voters office is pleased to team up with Stanford University Medical Center to make flu shots convenient for voters,” said Elaine Larson, Santa Clara County Assistant Registrar of Voters. “We encourage residents to take advantage of the opportunity to Vote and Vax.”

The clinics will be held on Election Day from 7 a.m. to 1 p.m. at the same facilities as two Santa Clara County polling places, Our Lady of Guadalupe Church, 2020 E. San Antonio St., San Jose 95116, and the Palo Alto Buddhist Temple, 2751 Louis Road, Palo Alto 95303.

Residents do not need to vote to get a vaccination. All Santa Clara County residents, including children, are eligible for a vaccination. The vaccinations are $15 per dose, and a limited number of vaccine doses are available for free for those who cannot afford it. Vaccine will be distributed while supplies last.

The Santa Clara County Public Health Department recommends that everyone over the age of 6 months get their flu shot, particularly those individuals at most risk for serious flu-related complications, or the people who care for them. Individuals at most risk for serious flu-related complications and their caregivers include:

  • Anyone who lives with or takes care of a baby less than 6 months of age.
  • Young children ages 6 months – 4 years
  • Anyone 50 years or older
  • Pregnant women
  • People with underlying health conditions such as asthma, chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD), diabetes, heart, or neurologic disease.
  • Persons who are morbidly obese with a Body Mass Index over 40
  • Health Care workers

For more information about the flu, go to the Santa Clara County Public Health Department web site at www.sccphd.org.

ELECTION DAY PHOTO OPPORTUNITY

WHAT: Supervisor Liz Kniss to participate in “Vote and Vax” and receive a flu vaccine, then go to the polling location.
WHEN: Election Day - Tuesday, Nov. 2 at 9 a.m.
WHERE: Palo Alto Buddhist Temple, 2751 Louis Road, Palo Alto


Media Contacts:
Interviews with Supervisor Liz Kniss: Gwendolyn Mitchell/Laurel Anderson, Office of Public Affairs (408) 299-5119
Election Information:
Elma Rosas, Registrar of Voters Office, (408) 282-3008
Vote and Vax Program Information: Margarita Gallardo, Stanford University Medical Center, (650) 723-7897
Posted: November 1, 2010