Flue vaccine and needle. Courtesy County News Center

Palomar Health is offering free flu shots Tuesdays and Thursdays this month at locations in Poway and Escondido.

“Influenza is a highly contagious respiratory illness that can be dangerous, especially for children and the elderly,” says Luanne Arangio-Law, a community health nurse educator for Palomar. “There is still time to get a free flu shot and protect yourself and those around you.”

Palomar Health nurses are providing the influenza vaccine by injection to persons 9 and older on a first-come, first-served basis at these clinics:

  • 3-5 p.m. Tuesday, Jan. 19, at Palomar Medical Center, 2185 Citracado Parkway, Escondido
  • 3-5 p.m. Thursday, Jan. 21, at Pomerado Hospital, 15615 Pomerado Road, Poway
  • 1-3 p.m. Tuesday, Jan. 26, at Palomar Medical Center.
  • And 1-3 p.m. Thursday, Jan. 28, at Pomerado Hospital.

San Diego County offers flu shots for $10 at other times and places — or free with a waiver. (Times are subject to change, so patients are advised to call the site for current information.)

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention estimates that flu vaccinations for the 2014-15 season prevented about 67,000 hospitalizations, 1.9 million illnesses and 966,000 medical visits associated with influenza.
 
Palomar Health scheduled nearly 100 flu-shot clinics btween September 2015 and January 2016. More than 3,200 people have received flu shots during the seasonal campaign.
 
It takes up to two weeks for protection to develop after the shot and protection lasts six months to one year, Palomar Health said.
 
“If you have not received your vaccine please rethink your decision,” Arangio-Law says. “It is the responsible thing to do to protect your family and others in the community.”
 

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