The San Bernardino County Department of Public Health will provide free flu shots on October 10, 24 and 31.
The shot clinics will be open from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. in the Public Health Department’s parking lot at 351 N. Mountain View Avenue in San Bernardino. Also, on October 17, the shot clinic will be hosted in the parking lot of the Child Support Services Building at 10417 Mountain View Avenue in Loma Linda from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m.
The flu shots will be available for all adults including pregnant women and senior citizens as well as to children aged six months or older—those under 18 years of age must be accompanied by a parent or guardian. In addition, children under nine may require two doses of the flu vaccine, four weeks apart, depending on their prior vaccination history.
San Bernardino County Health Official Dr. Maxwell Ohikhuare said, “Flu shots are the first step in protecting against influenza virus and its potentially serious complications. I encourage residents to get their flu shot every year.”
A yearly flu shot reduces the risk of severe flu illness and its potentially serious complications. As a result, flu shots can also reduce doctor’s visits and missed work and school days.
During last flu season (October 2017 to September 2018) there were eleven flu-related deaths in San Bernardino County according to Ohikhuare.
Beyond getting vaccinated, the doctor also stressed the importance of good health habits. If you become ill, you can help stop the spread of germs by staying home while you are sick, covering your coughs and sneezes and washing your hands with soap and water.