It's really not too late. If you haven't yet received the seasonal flu shot, there's time.
San Mateo County Health officials are urging everyone ages 6 months and older to get a flu shot. Unlike in previous years of shortages, the flu vaccine is now widely available throughout the County.
Dr. Scott Morrow is the San Mateo County Health Officer. “The flu vaccine is safe. This season, the vaccine will protect against three strains of flu. The virus mutates from year to year, which is why it’s important for people to get vaccinated every year.”
Without a doubt, there are skeptics who don't believe in the shot. "I'm healthy, so I don't need the shot." "I think it's too late to get a shot." "Last time I got a shot, the vaccine made me sick." Specifically for the skeptics, the Centers for Disease Control has some answers.
We found flu shots available thoughout the Peninsula; pharmacies and grocery stores like Walgreens, CVS, Rite-Aid and Safeway allow for walk-ins. Your doctor has the vaccine. And for people in need, there are vaccination clinics throughout the County that we've listed below. No appointment is necessary for these clinics, and no I.D. is required. Some clinics may request a small donation. You can visit the County website for additional information, or call (650) 573-3927.
The flu season in California generally begins in October and peaks in late December through March. It takes about two weeks to gain protection after receiving a flu vaccination.
It is especially important that certain groups be vaccinated, such as pregnant women, children younger than five, adults 50 years and older, and people of any age with chronic medical conditions such as heart disease or diabetes, and people who live with or care for those at high-risk for complications from the flu.
The Centers for Disease Control website says this year's flu shot, as in past years, is a composite vaccination designed to protect against the three main flu strains likely to cause the most illness during the flu season. Since 1990, there has only been one season (1997–98) when the chosen vaccine was found to be a bad match to the viruses actually out there. Three seasons (1992–93, 2003–04, and 2007–08) were slightly better, but still left a lot of sick people suffering from the flu despite the shot.
The American Lung Association has an online Flu Vaccine Finder that allows you to find available facilities for flu shots in your area based on your zip code.
San Mateo County Vaccination Clinics:
Wed. Nov. 9, 9 am 12 noon
Lincoln Community Center
(Philippine Medical Society of Northern California)
901 Brunswick St.
Sat. Nov. 19, 10 am - 12 noon
Serramonte High School Galleria
699 Serramonte Blvd.
Mon. Nov. 21, Mon. Dec. 5, 5 - 8 pm
Daly City Clinic
380 90th St., 1st Floor
Sat., Dec. 3, 12 noon – 4 pm
Family Christian Fellowship
124 Northgate Ave.
Sun. Dec. 18, 12 noon to 4 pm
First Filipino American United Church of Christ
(San Francisco Host Lions Club)
461 Linden Ave.
South San Francisco
Wed., Nov. 2, Fri. Nov. 18, 9 am-12 noon
South San Francisco Health Center
306 Spruce St.
Sun. Nov. 6, 10 am – 3pm
St. Augustine’s Church (San Francisco Host Lions Club)
3700 Callan Blvd.
Sat. Dec. 3, 12:30-2:30 pm
Joseph Fernekes Recreation Center
781 Tennis Dr.
East Palo Alto
Wednesdays and Saturdays, Nov. 2 to Dec. 17, Wednesdays: 1-4 pm Saturdays: 8:30 to 11:30 am
Ravenswood Family Health Center
1798 - A Bay Rd.
Saturday, Nov. 19, 9 am – 12 noon
Foster City Recreation Center (Foster City Lions Club)
650 Shell Blvd.
Thurs. Nov. 10, Dec. 8, 4 – 5:30 pm
Martin Luther King Community Center
725 Monte Diablo Ave.
Sat. Nov. 12, 10 am – 1 pm
San Mateo County Health Department
225 37th Ave.
Thursdays and Fridays, Nov. 3 through Dec. 16 (Closed Nov. 24 and Nov. 25)
Thursdays: 8:30 – 11:30 am
Fridays: 1-4 pm
Belle Haven Clinic
100 Terminal Avenue
Mon. Nov. 14, Dec. 5, 1:30-3:30 pm
795 Willow Rd., Bldg. 334
Thurs. Nov.17, Dec. 1, 10 am – 12:45 pm
St. Anthony's Church Padua Dining Room
3500 Middlefield Rd.
Thurs. Nov. 17, Tues. Nov 22, 9 am – 1 pm
Sequoia Health and Wellness Center
749 Brewster Ave.
Sat. Nov 19, 10 am – 1 pm
Fair Oaks Community Center 2600 Middlefield Rd.
Sat., Nov. 12, 8:30-11:30 am
Woodside Fire Protection
3111 Woodside Rd.
Half Moon Bay
Saturday, Nov. 12, 10 am – 12 noon
Ted Adcock Community Center
650 Shell Blvd.
Tues., Nov. 1, 4:30-6:30
8865 La Honda Rd., Suite 3
Thurs., Nov. 3, 4-7 pm
Pescadero Community Church
363 Stage Rd.