The Season Is Here: Where to Get Flu Shots on the Peninsula

Here's where to get an influenza vaccine, how to recognize symptoms and what to know about treatment if you get sick.


Flu season is coming early in parts of the United States: Cases of influenza along the Peninsula are at the moderate stage right now, about the same as they were last year, according to data on Google's Flu Trends. (Peninsula-specific data is not available on Flu Trends.)

It was in the winter season of 2009-2010 that the flu virus hit our area the hardest.

Overall in California, activity is also considered moderate so far, the same as at this time in 2011, according to Flu Trends.

If you're considering getting a flu shot, here are some places around San Mateo County that offer the vaccine.

In addition, parents throughout the entire San Francisco Bay Area can get free flu shots for their children ages 4 to 18. Visit shootheflu.org for more information.

Safeway Pharmacy # 0970
1655 El Camino Real, San Mateo
(650) 341-3305

Costco Pharmacy #147
1001 Metro Center Blvd, Foster City

Safeway Pharmacy # 0668
2100 Ralston Ave, Belmont
(650) 591-6918

CVS/Pharmacy Store #550
1324 San Carlos Avenue, San Carlos

Safeway Pharmacy # 0305
1071 El Camino Real, Redwood City
(650) 306-1902

Safeway Pharmacy # 2719
525 El Camino Real, Menlo Park
(650) 847-2905

CVS/Pharmacy Store #3935
855 El Camino Real, Palo Alto

Rite Aid #5890
1400 Linda Mar Boulevard, Pacifica
(650) 359-6691

Rite Aid #5885
Heritage Plaza S/c, 170 San Mateo Road, Half Moon Bay
(650) 726-2511

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According to this week's CDC Flu activity report, influenza levels are on the increase across the country. 

Five states – Texas, Louisiana, Alabama, Mississippi, Tennessee – are reporting flu rates not normally seen until January, according to the Centers for Disease Control. The flu season normally peaks in January and February.

Holiday travel and more time spent indoors due to soggy weather will contribute to the spread of the flu virus, so now is the time to get vaccinated.

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention offers the following information:

Concerned parent December 12, 2012 at 04:38 PM
I have the flu-sick today
Patrick Moor December 12, 2012 at 04:49 PM
Shots are free for 4 - 18 year olds in the Bay Area: http://shootheflu.org/
Jennifer van der Kleut December 12, 2012 at 05:05 PM
Patrick - what a great resource, thanks for the tip! Adding it to the story.
Joan S. Dentler December 12, 2012 at 07:02 PM
I have never felt I needed to get a flu shot, but after getting literally knocked down by the flu this past weekend, I will be the first in line next year. This one is a doozy folks, so do all you can to protect yourselves.
Beatrice Karnes December 12, 2012 at 07:15 PM
Glad you're feeling better, Joan. I just got a flu shot on Sunday--hoping to avoid your fate.


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