Kern County, Bakersfield flu shot clinics scheduled

BAKERSFIELD, Calif. - The Kern County Public Health Services Department is providing flu vaccination clinics through October.

These clinics are available for $9 to the general public and will be on a first-come, first-serve basis.

Every year, thousands get the influenza vaccine, but thousands more contract the virus because they did not properly protect themselves before flu season started.

Public Health encourages everyone six months of age and three older receive their flu shot.

"The high risk target groups for flu vaccine include children, those 65 and over, pregnant women, and anyone with an underlying chronic condition that weakens the immune system, such as HIV, asthma or cancer," said Dr. Claudia Jonah, Kern County Health Officer.

Jonah said flu shots from previous years will not prevent the flu this year.

"The virus changes yearly," Jonah said. "The virus is smart and it alters itself, so that you never want to depend on last years vaccine protecting you from the flu virus that could be going around this season."

Planned Flu Vaccine Clinics include:

Sunday, October 20 from 7:30 a.m. to 12 p.m. at the Hosking Swap Meet
1000 East Hosking Ave, Bakersfield, CA

Monday, October 21 from 9 a.m. to 11 a.m. and 1 p.m. to 3 p.m. at the Public Health Office
250 Ridgecrest Blvd.  Ridgecrest, CA

Wednesday, October 23 from 1 p.m. to 4 p.m. at the Public Health Office
12014 Main Street, Lamont, CA

Monday, October 28 from 9 a.m. to 11 a.m. and 1 p.m. to 3 p.m. at the Public Health Office
1775 Highway 58, Mojave, CA

Wednesday, October 30 from 9:30 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. and 1 p.m. to 4 p.m. at the Public Health Office
204 S. Hill Street,  Arvin, CA

Mondays through Fridays from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. at the Public Health Services Department
1800 Mount Vernon Avenue, Bakersfield, CA

Shafter at the Public Health Office-please call 661-746-7562 for appointment
329 Central Valley Highway, Shafter, CA

Taft at the Public Health Office-please call 661-763-8591 for appointment
315 North Lincoln, Taft, CA

Wasco at the Public Health Office-please call 661-758-3006 for appointment
810 8th Street, Wasco, CA

Persons with physical limitations who are unable to stand in lines should call (661) 321-3000 for an appointment.

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