It is important to remember– the best way to prevent the flu is to get your flu shot. This year, The Ventura County Health Care Agency is offering multiple options for receiving your flu shot, through our Ambulatory Care Clinics, Public Health Clinics, and community clinics and events.

While seasonal influenza (flu) viruses are detected year-round in the United States, flu viruses are most common during the fall and winter. The exact timing and duration of flu seasons can vary, but influenza activity often begins to increase in October. Most often, flu activity peaks between December and February, although it can last as late as May. The Center for Disease Control (CDC) recommends getting a flu vaccination in September or October, however, receiving a vaccination anytime during the flu season can help protect you.

For the health and wellbeing of our community, it is suggested that all people over the age of six months receive the flu vaccine every year.

Getting a flu vaccine this year may be more important than ever, not only to reduce your risk from flu, but to help conserve health care resources impacted by COVID-19, and because COVID-19 infection causes more severe illness and can result in death for those with co-morbidities.

The CDC has approved the co-administration of flu and COVID-19 vaccines. For more information on this topic, please visit https://www.cdc.gov/flu/.

For dates and locations, including drive-thru options, visit www.vchca.org/flu-shots (please note, appointments may be required).