Free flu shot clinics in October
Published Sept. 29, 2020
UPDATE (Oct. 19): A fifth clinic has been added on Oct. 24 in Lincoln:
Saturday, October 24, 10 a.m.-12 p.m.
1530 3rd St., Lincoln
Walk up; no appointment required
Placer County will hold four flu shot clinics this year at locations throughout the county; three drive-through and one walk-in by appointment.
Residents are encouraged to get a flu shot through their regular health care provider, but these free clinics provide another accessible option should anyone experience barriers.
"Flu shots are always important and especially so this year,” said Health and Human Services Director Dr. Rob Oldham. “The more folks who get vaccinated, the more it will help reduce flu-related doctor’s visits and hospitalizations, which in turn can help preserve our health care resources as the COVID-19 pandemic continues.”
Shots will be available on a first-come, first-served basis at the following locations and times:
Walk in, by appointment: 530-546-0952
Thursday, Oct. 1, 2:30-4:30 p.m.
Sierra Community House
265 Bear St., Kings Beach
Friday, Oct. 9, 12-4 p.m.
3885 Richardson Dr., Auburn
Wednesday, Oct. 14, 12-4 p.m.
5100 Sierra College Blvd., Rocklin
Wednesday, Oct. 21, 2-5 p.m.
Oakmont High School
1710 Cirby Way, Roseville
While the flu shot will not protect you against COVID-19, it can help prevent you from getting the flu or lessen your symptoms if you do. While flu vaccination is recommended annually for everyone 6 months and older, it is particularly important for young children; pregnant women; adults aged 65 and older; and people with chronic conditions such as diabetes, heart disease and asthma.
Influenza comes on suddenly and symptoms may include fever, cough, sore throat, runny or stuffy nose, headaches, body aches, chills and fatigue. People at higher risk of severe disease who have flu symptoms should contact their medical provider. Providers may prescribe antiviral medications that reduce the severity and duration of illness. Antibiotics are not effective against the flu.
Besides getting immunized, you can also take everyday preventive actions to stop the spread of germs:
- Stay away from people who are sick and stay home when you or your child are sick for at least 24 hours after symptoms go away.
- Cough or sneeze into your elbow, arm or disposable tissue. If you use disposable tissue, use hand sanitizer or wash your hands afterwards.
- Wash hands frequently and thoroughly with soap and warm water or use an alcohol-based hand sanitizer.
- Avoid touching your eyes, nose and mouth.
- Wear a mask.