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Don’t Wait, Vaccinate! Protect Yourself and Your Family from Seasonal Flu

The CDC recommends that all people 6 months of age and older get a flu vaccine every flu season. While everyone should get a flu vaccine each flu season, getting vaccinated is particularly important for people at high risk of serious flu-related complications and close contacts of people at high-risk.

Flu vaccines are shots that contain inactivated vaccines (containing killed virus). The vaccine cannot cause flu. The flu vaccine is used to prevent flu illness, not to treat it. It takes two weeks after vaccination for your body to build immunity for protection against the flu.

Yearly flu vaccination should begin as soon as the vaccine is available and continue throughout the flu season which can last as late as May.

Where do I get vaccinated?

To get a flu vaccine, check with your regular health care provider. Even if you don’t have a regular health care provider, you can get a flu vaccine from one of these other locations:

Free Drive-Up Community Based Flu Clinics

  • 6 Oct
    2 pm to pm:
    Lompoc High School, 515 West College, Lompoc
  • 7 Oct
    2 pm to pm:
    Lompoc High School, 515 West College, Lompoc
  • 8 Oct
    2 pm to 6 pm:
    San Marcos High School, 4750 Hollister Ave., Santa Barbara
  • 9 Oct
    2 pm to 6 pm:
    San Marcos High School, 4750 Hollister Ave., Santa Barbara
  • 13 Oct
    10 am to 1 pm:
    Allan Hancock College Parking Lot, 800 S. College Dr., Santa Maria
  • 15 Oct
    10 am to 1 pm:
    Allan Hancock College Parking Lot, 800 S. College Dr., Santa Maria

Other Resources

Several pharmacies and store chains are offering flu vaccines. For more information visit www.vaccinefinder.org or one of the sites below:

Flu shots are covered by most health insurance plans; it is a covered benefit under Medicare Part B and those enrolled in Medi-Cal. Please check with your insurance provider for coverage details. The California Vaccines for Children (VFC) Program provides flu vaccine for eligible children at no cost. Check with your child’s provider to see if they participate in the VFC Program.