Low Cost Flu Shots Available 2012

 It’s that time of the year! Have you decided if you should have a flu shot or not?  The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), with the support of leading health experts, recommends that everyone 6 months of age and older be immunized.

Flu Shot

Vaccination is safe and effective, and the best way to help prevent influenza and its complications. The American Lung Association urges you and your loved ones to get a flu shot every influenza season. You should get your flu shot as soon as it becomes available in the late summer or early fall. Even if you didn’t get vaccinated early in the influenza season, immunization into the spring or as long as the influenza virus is in circulation can be beneficial. This is because in many seasons, influenza activity doesn’t peak until winter or early spring. In fact, as long as influenza viruses are in circulation, it’s a good idea to get a flu shot. For most adults, the vaccine can help protect against influenza within 2 weeks. Talk to your primary care physician for more information about the importance of influenza immunization.

Unfortunately influenza immunization rates fall far short of public health goals every year – even among those at highest risk.  Getting vaccinated against the flu each year is one of the most important steps people can take to help protect themselves from the flu and its complications. Even healthy people need a flu shot  to help stay healthy and to help prevent the spread of flu to others.


Groups at higher risk of developing influenza-related complications include: 

  • People 60 years of age and older
  • Children 6 months-18 years of age
  • Pregnant women
  • People of any age with certain chronic medical conditions, such as asthma, chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD), heart disease, congestive heart failure (CHF),  diabetes, and others
  • Residents of long-term care facilities and nursing homes

Additionally, those who come into close contact with high-risk groups should get a flu shot, not only to help protect themselves against the flu, but also to help avoid spreading the disease to more vulnerable populations. They include:

  • Household contacts and caregivers of anyone in a high-risk group, including contacts such as parents, siblings, grandparents, babysitters, and child-care providers
  • Health-care personnel

Note: Children younger than 9 years of age may need 2 doses approximately 1 month apart, depending on their influenza vaccination history.

Some people should NOT get the vaccine or should first talk with their health-care provider.

These include:

  • People with severe allergies to eggs
  • People who have had a severe allergic reaction to a past influenza vaccination
  • Children younger than 6 months of age, because no vaccination is licensed yet for this age group

Flu Shots are available through the City of Long Beach Department of Health and Human Services at the following locations: 

The Department of Health and Human Services requests a donation of $2.00 for the flu shot during their flu clinic times.  Nurses from the Long Beach Chapter of the  American Red Cross will be giving the shots. While supplies last they will also offer free pneumonia vaccine to people over the age 60.  People who smoke or who have lung, kidney or heart disease are encouraged to get the pneumonia vaccine.  Only one dose of pneumonia vaccine is usually needed after the age of 65.

Tuesday, October 23, 2012 from 9 am to noon
          Long Beach Senior Center
          1150 E. 4th Street
          Long Beach, CA 90802
Thursday, October 25, 2012 from 9 am to noon
           American Gold Star Manor
           3021 N. Gold Star Drive
           Long Beach, CA  90810
Thursday, October 30, 2012 from 9 am to noon
           El Dorado Park West
           2800 Studebaker Road
           Long Beach, CA  90808
Thursday, November 1, 2012 from 2:30 pm to 6:30 pm
         Veterans Park
          101 E.  28th Street
          Long Beach, CA 90806  
Thursday, November 8, 2012 from 9 am to noon
Hougton Park
6301 Myrtle Avenue
Long Beach, CA 90805
Friday, November 9, 2012 from 9 am to noon
McBride Park/CA Rec Center
1550 Martin Luther King Jr. Avenue
Long Beach, CA 90813
Wednesday, November 14, 2012 from 9 am to noon
Bixby Park
130  Cherry Avenue
Long Beach, CA 90802  
Tuesday, November 27, 2012 from 9 am to noon   
Long Beach Health Dpartment
2525 Grand Avenue
Long Beach, CA 90815 
Wednesday, November 28, 2012 from 9 am to noon 
Long Beach Health Department
2525 Grand Avenue
Long Beach, CA 90815 
Thursday, November 29, 2012 from 9 am to noon
Long Beach Health Department
2525 Grand Avenue
Long Beach, CA 90815 
Friday , November 30, 2012 from 9 am to noon
Long Beach Health Department
2525 Grand Avenue
Long Beach, CA 90815 

If you are NOT able to attend the flu clinics,  the flu vaccine is also readily available through your primary care physician and many of the local pharmacies, like CVS, Walgreens, or Rite Aid. The flu shot is  covered by Medicare, Medi-Cal and private health insurance.