Flu shot clinic, 2017. Photo by Public Health Department.
Flu shot clinic, 2017. Photo by Public Health Department.

Free Flu Shot Event: October 21, 2018

Author: Public Health Department
Date: 8/13/2018 4:20:24 PM

The flu shot helps protect you and our community from the flu. This event also helps local first responders practice a rapid response to the threat of pandemic illness.

The County of San Luis Obispo Public Health Department, City of Atascadero and Five Cities Fire Authority are partnering to present a free flu shot event on Sunday, October 21, 2018. 

Everyone age three and older is welcome to come get a free flu shot. There are no requirements based on income or residency. No appointment or RSVP is needed. Supplies are limited so please arrive early.

Sunday, October 21, 2018
9:00 a.m. - 12:00 noon

Two locations: 

Colony Park Community Center
5599 Traffic Way, Atascadero [map]

Five Cities Fire Authority, Station One
140 Traffic Way, Arroyo Grande [map]

Please Note

  • The nasal spray flu vaccine is not available at the clinic. 
  • Preservative-free vaccine is available. 
  • Each person who receives a flu shot will be asked to complete a screening form. If you would like to complete it ahead of time, you can download the screening form here.

Please call the Public Health Department at 805-781-5500. 

The clinic helps protect our community from the flu while serving as a mass vaccination drill that keeps teams sharp and ready to respond to the threat of pandemic illness. In the case of a pandemic, local first responders would need to quickly vaccinate large numbers of people. Drills like this help ensure teams are ready to respond in an effective and coordinated manner. 

The flu shot is recommended for everyone over six months of age. It's especially important for people over the age of 65 or under age five and people who have health problems such as asthma, heart disease, lung disease or diabetes. The vaccine is updated each year to better match the viruses in circulation. CDC recommends getting vaccinated by the end of October, or as soon as possible after that. It takes about two weeks after vaccination for antibodies to develop that protect against flu virus infection.

By getting the flu shot, you can:

  • Protect yourself. The flu shot reduces your chances of getting sick from the influenza virus. While the degree varies by year, it always offers an important degree of protection.
  • Protect your family, friends, co-workers and community. By reducing your own risk, you also reduce the risk of spreading the virus to others—including people vulnerable to serious complications. Multiplied across the region, this effect can be profound.
  • Protect the local workforce. The National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health (NIOSH) estimates flu causes U.S. workers to miss up to 111 million workdays per year. Preventing flu helps reduce the burden of illness on the local economy.

If you are not able to attend the clinic, you can also get the flu shot in SLO County from your regular healthcare provider, many local pharmacies or Public Health Department clinics, by appointment. 

You can review detailed information about the flu shot on the influenza vaccine information sheet (vacuna contra la influenza declaracion de información). 

More information about the flu and flu vaccine is available at www.cdc.gov/flu.