As National Flu Vaccination Week begins tomorrow, the San Mateo County Health System is offering free seasonal flu shots at walk-in clinics throughout the County.
From Dec. 4-11, San Mateo County residents can walk into their nearest clinic, no appointment or identification necessary, and receive their flu shot. Clinics are also offering a nasal spray vaccine, both of which protect against three strains of flu. The shots are free, though some clinics may ask for a donation.
"It is not too late to get the flu shot," said Robyn Shaw, spokesperson for the San Mateo County Health System, in a letter. "Flu season in California generally peaks in late December through March, and the timing and spread of the flu is unpredictable. It takes about two weeks to gain protection after receiving a flu vaccination."
Five to twenty percent of the population gets the flu each year, resulting in more than 200,000 hospitalizations," according to the Center for Disease Control.
According to County statistics, thousands of people die each year from flu complications.
The County has recommended all people 6 months old and older receive the flu vaccine this year.
For more information, contact your nearest clinic or health care provider.