Influenza (flu) season

With COVID-19 circulating during the influenza season, getting an Influenza vaccine (or flu shot) is more important than ever before to protect ourselves, and our community. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and the Advisory Committee on Immunization Practices (ACIP) recommend almost everyone, 6 months and older, and those who are high-risk for complications, get vaccinated annually.

Where can I get a flu shot?

Flu shots are available in the community at most doctor’s offices, at most retail pharmacies, and through Monterey County Public Health vaccination clinics.

Upcoming Monterey County Public Health vaccination clinics

  • Saturday, October 22: 11 a.m.-2 p.m., Taylor Farms Family Health and Wellness Center, Gonzales
  • Sunday, October 23: 10:30 a.m.-1 p.m., King City High School
  • Wednesday, October 26: 4 -7 p.m., Palma High School, Salinas
  • Saturday, October 29: 10:30 a.m.-1:30 p.m., Greenfield High School
  • Friday, November 4: 9 a.m.-Noon, and 1-3 p.m., Salvation Army, 800 Scott St., Sand City
  • Saturday, November 5: 10 a.m.-1 p.m., North Salinas High School, Multipurpose Room
  • Wednesday, November 9: 4-7 p.m., Main Street Middle School, Soledad
  • Wednesday, November 16: 4-7 p.m., Chualar Fire Station

How can I avoid the flu?

  • Don’t touch your eyes, nose, and mouth
  • Clean your hands often
  • Cover coughs and sneezes with a tissue, your elbow, or your sleeve
  • Get plenty of sleep, eat healthy, and exercise
  • Stay home with flu-like symptoms (temperature of 100.5 F or higher, plus cough or sore throat)
  • Get vaccinated at your doctor’s office, Monterey County Public Health vaccination locations, or at a retail pharmacy. Most health plans pays for flu vaccinations.
  • Wear a mask in public

Cold, flu, and COVID-19 questions (FAQ)

Wondering how to tell the difference between cold and flu, and COVID-19? Visit our frequently asked questions (FAQ) page to get answers, and view a chart that can help you distinguish symptoms.

Cold, flu and COVID FAQ

Wondering how to tell the difference between cold and flu, and COVID-19?

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