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Fighting the virus: Free flu shots available in Sacramento region

"The earlier people get vaccinated, the better," said Dr. Olivia Kasirye, Sacramento County public health officer. "It takes two weeks for the protective properties of the vaccine to take effect."
"The earlier people get vaccinated, the better," said Dr. Olivia Kasirye, Sacramento County public health officer. "It takes two weeks for the protective properties of the vaccine to take effect." TNS

Free vaccinations against the flu virus are available at numerous locations in Sacramento County.

Hospitals, pharmacies and Sacramento County public health clinics are among those hosting flu shot clinics for adults and children. In most cases, the shots are available for adults and children age 6 months and older.

“The earlier people get vaccinated, the better,” said Dr. Olivia Kasirye, Sacramento County public health officer. “It takes two weeks for the protective properties of the vaccine to take effect.”

The federal Centers for Disease Control and Prevention recommends that everyone over 6 months of age get vaccinated for influenza. While most people need only one dose of flu vaccine each season, children under the age of 9 may require two doses. Flu season typically begins in October and can last through May.

The flu vaccine comes in two forms: injection and nasal spray. Individuals with severe allergies, weakened immune systems and other medical conditions may not be eligible for the nasal spray.

Here are some of the upcoming flu shot clinics (and their sponsor) in the Sacramento region:

▪ Saturday: 9 a.m. to 2 p.m., for those 18 and older, while supplies last, Shop KP location, Florin Towne Center, 6035 Florin Road, Suite 200 (Kaiser Permanente)

▪ Saturday: 11 a.m. to 1 p.m., Church of Christ, 4910 Lemon Hill Ave., Sacramento (Sacramento County)

▪ Oct. 29 : 10 a.m. to 1 p.m., for those ages 9 and older, Sutter Davis Hospital Farmers Market, 2000 Sutter Place, Davis (Sutter Health)

▪ Nov. 3: 10 a.m. to 1 p.m., Department of Human Assistance, 2450 Florin Road, Sacramento (Sacramento County)

▪ Nov. 5: 10 a.m. to 1 p.m., Sacramento County Administration Building, 700 H St., Sacramento (Sacramento County)

▪ Nov. 12: 9 a.m. to 1 p.m., Rusch Park, 7801 Auburn Blvd., Citrus Heights (Sacramento County)

Bill Lindelof: 916-321-1079, @Lindelofnews

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