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2023-24 Flu Season – Flu Vaccines Available

Protect yourself and your loved ones by getting a no cost flu shot. For your safety and convenience, flu vaccinations are available for adults and children, 6 months and older. Please get vaccinated – it’s your best defense against serious health risks this season, and now more than ever, it’s important to stay safe and stop the spread.

Member vaccination information: kp.org/mydoctor/flu

Flu shot dates and locations are subject to change. Before you go, visit kp.org/mydoctor/flu or call 1-800-573-5811 for the most up-to-date information. Flu clinics at our Central Valley facilities will be closed on Thanksgiving Day.

Please note:

We anticipate high demand for flu vaccinations in some areas. To minimize your wait times, help ease vehicle congestion, and ensure the safety of those visiting our facilities, please follow these guidelines when coming for your flu shot:

  • Bring a photo ID and your Kaiser Permanente member ID card.
  • Wear short sleeves or clothing that allows easy access to your upper arm. Depending on local county guidance, you may be required to wear a mask.
  • Do not block fire zones, disabled parking spaces, or any facility entrances.
  • Members may also receive a flu vaccine during a scheduled care appointment at any of our locations.

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Latest Updates on COVID-19 Testing

Most of the time, you can use an easy and reliable no-cost home antigen test for your COVID-19 testing needs.

PCR tests are used when directed by your doctor or when you’re required to show a negative PCR test for international travel or in circumstances where self-tests are not an option, such as to prove a negative COVID-19 test. Please check testing requirements prior to choosing a testing option.

You can now get a rapid PCR test with results in 24 hours or less at our convenient Northern California Kaiser Permanente testing locations. To get your test, start with an E-visit.

Visitor Policy and COVID-19 Information

We have updated the visitation guidance for hospital and ambulatory settings based on the most recent public health order by the CDPH to include the key changes below:

Hospitals and clinics may now allow all patients to have visitors without restriction.

Visitors are no longer required to show proof of vaccination or of negative COVID-19 test result to visit their family or friends in the hospital.

Effective April 3, 2023, per updated guidance from the California Department of Public Health, masks are no longer required at Kaiser Permanente facilities, except where mandated by governmental and regulatory agencies or our local infection prevention experts. Patients and visitors should check themselves for common COVID-19 symptoms prior to entering our facilities and can continue to request and voluntarily use masks as a recommended tool to prevent the spread of COVID-19 and other respiratory-like illnesses.

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Kaiser Permanente Modesto Medical Center Named to the California 2022 Maternity Care Honor Roll

Kaiser Permanente Modesto Medical Center is being recognized for excellence in maternity care by reducing the use of births via cesarean sections, which can lead to higher rates of complications for mothers and babies.

Kaiser Permanente Modesto Medical Center is among the 108 hospitals in California named to the 2022 Maternity Care Honor Roll.

This recognition is for hospitals that met or surpassed the statewide target aimed at reducing births via C-sections in first-time mothers with low-risk pregnancies. The 108 hospitals on the honor roll represent 51% of all 211 hospitals that offer maternity services and participate in the California Maternal Quality Care Collaborative’s Maternal Data Center.

“We are proud to have the efforts of our maternity care teams recognized,” said Aphriekah Duhaney-West, senior vice president and area manager for Kaiser Permanente Central Valley. “Thanks to the efforts of our physicians and staff, families can be assured that their newborn will be welcomed to the world with the highest level of care, compassion and safety.”

Kaiser Permanente Northern California is a leader in providing innovative approaches to maternal care and is working to improve equity in maternal health. Our hospitals are among the best in the country for meeting rigorous standards for maternity care, including low C-section rates, elective early deliveries and for following important protocols to safely protect new moms and their babies. Last year, nearly 44,000 babies were delivered at Kaiser Permanente Northern California hospitals.

“Kaiser Permanente is committed to providing the best patient care, and our physicians and teams work tirelessly each day to fulfill that promise to our patients and their families,” says Sanjay Marwaha, MD, physician-in-chief for Kaiser Permanente Central Valley. “This recognition reflects our pride in service and our dedication to providing exceptional care for our new moms and babies.”

In 2015, the California Health and Human Services Agency began recognizing hospitals that meet the statewide target of C-sections for low-risk births through its Maternity Care Honor Roll. Starting this year, CHC changed the NTSV C-section rate threshold for honor roll hospitals from 23.9% to 23.6% to align with the Healthy People 2030 goals. This year’s award reflects calendar year 2021 hospital discharge and birth certificate data.

Overuse of C-sections can result in higher rates of complications for mothers including hemorrhage, transfusions, infection, and blood clots. The surgery also brings risks for babies, including higher rates of infection, respiratory complications, neonatal intensive care unit stays, and lower breastfeeding rates.

For more information on the California 2022 Maternity Care Honor Roll visit https://calhospitalcompare.org/programs/maternity-care-honor-roll/