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Important Information for Visitors

Image of a girl sneezing into a tissue.Effective, Wednesday, January 14, 2015, due to the rapid rise of influenza, individuals exhibiting influenza symptoms or children under the age of 16 are restricted from visiting patients who are hospitalized at both El Camino Hospital campuses.

During flu season all patients and visitors are required to wear a mask in the Emergency department. Masks are available in dispensers just inside the emergency walk-in entrances.

Flu Information

According to the CDC, seasonal flu activity may start as early as October continue as late as May. Please do not visit patients in the hospital if you are exhibiting any flu-like symptoms including cough, fever, runny nose, sore throat, muscle or body aches.

The best flu prevention tactics involve simple behaviors, such as hand washing, coughing into a tissue or a sleeve and staying at home if you have flu-like symptoms. 

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) recommends a yearly flu vaccine for everyone 6 months of age and older as the first and most important step in protecting against this serious disease. While there are many different flu viruses, the flu vaccine is designed to protect against the flu strains that research indicates will cause the most illness during the flu season.

For more information on the Flu visit our Health Information section or use these links to other community resources to learn about the flu and the latest on the flu virus:


Additional resources in the local area for annual flu shots:

  • Maxim Health Flu Card shot locator for CVS, Walgreens and Rite Aid
  • CostCo - Find a flu shot at CostCo
  • Safeway - Find a flu shot at Safeway stores

Flu Shots 2014-2015 at the RotaCare Free Clinic

As of January 6, 2015, free, standard dose flu vaccines (by Intramuscular injection only) for uninsured community residents, 6 months of age to 64 years of age, are available through the El Camino Hospital Immunization Program at the RotaCare Free Clinic on the Mountain View campus.

Individuals 65 years and older are encouraged to get a high dose flu vaccine. The Immunization Program at the RotaCare Free Clinic does not have high dose flu vaccine. To learn more about this vaccine visit the CDC website.

Flu shots will be distributed on a first come, first served bases as long as supplies last. No appointment is necessary. Shots will be given on the following days and times:

Tuesdays | 2:00 - 4:00 pm
Fridays |  9:00 - 12:00 pm
Fridays | 1:00 - 3:00 pm

Please call the flu shot hot line for regular updates on availability of the vaccine at 650-988-8255.

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