SAN DIEGO (KGTV) -- San Diego County health officials say free flu shots will be offered at six events in the coming days, just as flu season picks up around the county.
Health officials say this helps lower the risk of San Diegans getting influenza and the coronavirus at the same time and prevent the local healthcare system from being overwhelmed.
The upcoming clinics will be open from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.
The first flu shot clinic will occur on Oct. 22 at North Central Public Health Center, 5055 Ruffin Road.
The others will take place:
-- Saturday, Oct. 24 at South Public Health Center, 690 Oxford Street, Chula Vista.
-- Tuesday, Oct. 27 at North Coastal Public Health Center, 3609 Ocean Ranch Blvd, Oceanside.
-- Wednesday, Oct. 28 at Central Public Health Center VIP Trailer, 3177A Oceanview Blvd.
-- Thursday, Oct. 29 at East Public Health Center, 367 N. Magnolia Avenue, El Cajon.
-- Tuesday, November 3 at North Inland Public Health Center, 640 W. Mission Ave #2, Escondido.
"The clinics are free and primarily for people with no medical insurance,” said Wilma Wooten, M.D., M.P.H., County Public Health Officer. “We want everyone to be protected against the flu and its possible complications."
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention recommends that everyone six months of age and older get flu shot every year.