Flu viruses are unpredictable and can change over time. A past flu vaccine may not protect you this year. We recommend that everyone 6 months and older get a flu vaccine each year.
For the 2012-2013 flu season, there is one flu vaccine available which protects against three flu viruses including H1N1 (swine flu). Children under nine years of age who have not received two or more doses of flu vaccine since July 2010 should get two doses of flu vaccine, at least one month apart.
Where to Get Vaccinated
Flu vaccine will be available throughout Contra Costa County beginning in the fall. Ongoing Public Health Immunization Clinics will begin offering flu vaccine the week of October 15, 2012.
To get a flu vaccine:
For the General Public:
- Check with your regular health care provider
- Ongoing Public Health Immunization Clinics
- Community clinics will also offer flu vaccine - call the clinic for details.
- Kaiser members can call the Kaiser Flu Hotline: 1-800-573-5811 (1-800-KP-FLU-11).
- Pharmacies and grocery stores will have flu vaccine available
- flushot.healthmap.org (check selected clinic for details)
For Contra Costa Health Services Health Center Patients:
- Beginning November 1, Health Center patients can call the Appointment line at 1-800-495-8885 and request a Treatment Nurse appointment.
- Contra Costa Health Plan (CCHP) members who are 10 years old or older can get their flu shot at any Walgreens or Rite Aid pharmacy. Be sure to show your CCHP card and do not pay out-of-pocket. Other shots will not be covered at these pharmacies.
- If you are having trouble getting your flu shot, please call the Advice Nurse at 1-877-661-6230 (Option #1) for Advice Nurse 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.