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San Diegans Urged to Get Flu Shot

County health officials are urging San Diegans to get vaccinated against the flu, which is especially important this year considering the ongoing COVID-19 Pandemic.

The County has ramped up its flu vaccination efforts to lower the risk of San Diegans getting influenza and the novel coronavirus at the same time and prevent the local healthcare system from being overwhelmed.

Every year, the County sponsors free vaccination clinics throughout the region where you can get a flu shot.

Six clinics are taking place in October and early November with vaccine available for adults and children ages six months and up.

The upcoming clinics will be open from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. at:

Oct. 22
North Central Public Health Center — 5055 Ruffin Rd., San Diego, CA 92123

Oct 24
South Public Health Center — 690 Oxford St., Chula Vista, CA 91911

Oct. 27
North Coastal Public Health Center — 3609 Ocean Ranch Blvd, Oceanside, CA 92056

Oct, 28
Central Public Health Center VIP Trailer — 3177A Oceanview Blvd., San Diego, CA 92113

Oct. 29
East Public Health Center — 367 N. Magnolia Ave., El Cajon, CA 92020

Nov. 3
North Inland Public Health Center — 649 W. Mission Ave #2, Escondido, CA 92025

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention recommends that everyone six months of age and older get flu shot every year. The flu vaccine is safe and effective. It takes about two weeks for immunity to develop.

The flu vaccine is covered by medical insurance and is also available at doctors’ offices and retail pharmacies.

People with no healthcare coverage can get vaccinated at a Community Health Center or County public health center throughout the flu season. For a list of locations, visit sandiegocounty.gov/iz or call 2-1-1.

José A. Álvarez is a communications specialist with the County of San Diego Communications Office. Contact