Free seasonal flu shots will be offered to OC kids and adults at two locations on Oct. 14

The Orange County Health Care Agency says free seasonal flu shots will be offered in the cities of Buena Park and Placentia this Friday, Oct. 14.

Provided on a first-come, first-serve basis to adults and children ages 3 and older, the vaccinations will be administered from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. at the Buena Park Community Center, 6688 Beach Blvd. in Buena Park, and the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, located at 210 Livingston Ave. in Placentia.

Syringe preparation by a female doctorEach of these sites will offer drive-through and walk-up options. As a reminder, the agency says participants must complete a brief health screening to ensure they can safely receive the flu vaccine, and they must be feeling well on the day of the visit.

“As flu season approaches, this is a great opportunity for the public to get vaccinated while helping the Health Care Agency exercise our capabilities to distribute medications to the community in an emergency scenario,” said Public Health Officer Dr. Eric Handler.

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention recommends that everyone 6 months of age and older get a yearly flu vaccine, but it’s particularly important for infants, young children, pregnant women and adults over 50, as well as those with chronic conditions.

Because the flu virus is spread mainly through droplets when people cough, sneeze or talk, the Health Care Agency advises Orange County residents to shield coughs and sneezes with a sleeve or tissue, wash hands frequently and stay home if sick.

Friday’s one-day flu shot clinic represents a partnership of several local agencies, including the Orange County Health Care Agency and the cities of Placentia and Buena Park. For more information, click here.