Palomar Health Offers Free Flu Shots

Palomar health announced that it will  distribute its 150 remaining flu shots for free.

The north county health care entity will offer the immunizations at  seven community clinic sessions on a first come, first served basis.

Those over the age of nine are eligible for the free shot, and insurance is not required.

The clinics will be held at Palomar Medical Centers and community centers through the end of the month:

Friday, January 12, 2 to 4 p.m., 15615 Pomerado Rd., Poway;

Tuesday, January 16, 8 to 10 a.m., 30951 Highway 79, Warner Springs;

Monday, January 22, 2 to 4 p.m., 15615 Pomerado Road, Poway;

Tuesday, January 23, 3 to 5 p.m., 2185 Citracado Parkway, Escondido;

Thursday, January. 25, 3 to 5 p.m., 500 East Valley Parkway, Escondido;

Friday, January 26, 2 to 4 p.m., 15615 Pomerado Road, Poway.

Health care professionals recommend that anyone who has not already  received a flu vaccine do so immediately.

The number of flu-related deaths in San Diego County this season doubled last week to 91.

There have been over 10,000 lab-confirmed cases this  season, according to county data.

`Tthe flu vaccine is the best public health tool we have, and an  annual flu shot is recommended to everyone over 6 months,'' said Dr. Wilma Wooten, Director of the County's public health services.

``The vaccine helps your body develop protection in two weeks and can lessen severity if  one gets the flu. the vaccine is matched with all four circulating strains.

''Vaccines are also available at doctors' offices and retail pharmacies.

Those without insurance can go to a county public health center to get vaccinated. 

You'll find a for a list of locations and more HERE or call 211.

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