In partnership with the County of San Diego Health & Human Services Epidemiology and Immunization Services program and United Healthcare, Champions for Health began providing free flu shot clinics across San Diego County.
A flu vaccine may provide additional benefits such as reducing the risk of flu-associated hospitalization and reducing the severity of illness if you do get the flu. It is recommended by the CDC to get a flu vaccination in September or October, but says that a vaccine anytime during flu season can help protect you.
“The combination of chronic disease and complications due to COVID will put many people at a higher risk of flu complications,” Adama Dyoniziak, executive director of Champions for Health said in a statement. He continued saying that COVID-19 has affected access to medical care and increased the number of uninsured people in the community.
The free flu shot clinics will focus on underinsured, uninsured, essential workers, those who have lost health insurance from their employer, and any in need of a flu shot, and will be a hybrid of drive-thru and walk-up clinics, varying by site. Anyone aged four and up, including pregnant women, qualify to receive a flu shot, with no insurance required. Masks are required at all flu shot locations.
The clinics will run through March 2021. Find more dates and locations at championsforhealth.org/events/free-flu-immunizations.