Public urged to get flu shot

With flu season upon us, Kern County Public Health is urging residents to get a flu shot in order to prepare for the potential effects of a “twindemic” of influenza and COVID-19 during the fall and winter months.

A free clinic will be held in Ridgecrest Tuesday, Oct. 27, from 10:30 a.m. to noon and from 1:30-2:30 p.m. at 400 N. China Lake Blvd.

“During this pandemic, it is more vital than ever for our residents to get their annual flu vaccine,” said Matt Constantine, Director of Kern County Public Health. “This will help decrease the incidence of flu in our community and help ease the burden on our healthcare system.”

Getting a flu shot is an easy and safe action we can take to keep ourselves and our loved ones healthy during the pandemic. Additionally, vaccination from the flu will reduce the burden of flu on the community and preserve health care resources for the care of patients with COVID-19.

In addition to getting your flu shot, practice healthy habits like hand washing, staying at least 6 feet away from others, wearing a face covering when in public, avoiding gatherings, and staying at home when sick. These steps will protect you from both the flu and COVID-19.

Story First Published: 2020-10-09