Napa County Public Health will offer free seasonal flu vaccine shots to anyone over 3 years of age.

“Although the spray version of the vaccine is not available this year, the flu shot is still the safest and most effective way to avoid getting the flu,” said Dr. Karen Relucio, Napa County public health officer. “In addition to protecting yourself from getting sick, the vaccine can prevent you from spreading the flu to your loved ones and other people who are more likely to have severe illness.”

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) recommend everyone over 6 months of age get a flu vaccine. Those at higher risk for complications of the flu, including seniors over 65 years, pregnant women, children under five years and people with certain chronic medical conditions, are especially encouraged to get vaccinated.

In addition to getting vaccinated, simple steps to help stop the spread of the flu:

Wash hands often with soap and warm water for at least 30 seconds.

Cover coughs and sneezes with a tissue or sleeve.

Stay home and contact health care providers when sick.

The clinic schedule:

Yountville, Wednesday, Sept. 20, 10 a.m. – 1 p.m., Yountville Community Center 6516 Washington St.

Napa, Sunday, Sept. 24, 10 a.m. – 2 p.m., Binational Health Fair, 3285 Claremont Way, Napa

Napa, Wednesday, Oct. 4, 10 a.m. – 1 p.m., Napa Senior Center, 1500 Jefferson St.

Lake Berryessa, Monday, Oct. 9, 11 a.m.—1 p.m., Berryessa Senior Center, 4380 Spanish Flat Loop Road.

American Canyon, Wednesday, Oct. 11, 3 — 6 p.m., Multi-Use Center 2185 Elliot Drive.

St. Helena, Wednesday, Oct. 18, 3 — 6 p.m., St. Helena Elementary School, 1325 Adams St.

Napa, Monday, Oct. 23, 3.— 6 p.m., Napa Elks Lodge, 2840 Soscol Ave.

Angwin, Monday, Oct. 30, 10 a.m.—1 p.m., Angwin Fire Department, 275 College Ave.

Napa, Wednesday, Nov. 1, 3 — 6 p.m., McPherson Elementary, 2670 Yajome St.

Calistoga, Wednesday, Nov. 8, 3 — 6 p.m., Calistoga Fairgrounds, Butler Pavilion 1435 N. Oak St.

For additional information, including the full schedule of seasonal flu vaccine clinics, visit the Napa County Public Health flu vaccine clinic page or call the flu line at 707-253-4540 for 24/7 recorded bilingual information.

Residents unable to attend the flu vaccine clinics or with children less than 3 years of age can call the Public Health Immunization Clinic at 707-253-4270 for a free appointment.

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