University Health and Bexar County team up to offer free flu shots
The focus on monkeypox and COVID-19 may distract us from the flu, but this respiratory virus is still among us – and could come back stronger this year.
Flu cases have been fewer over the past two years, probably because the community was more diligent about wearing masks, social distancing and quarantines related to COVID-19, said Dr. Jason Bowling, University Health’s hospital epidemiologist.
But Bowling notes that as some of these measures relax, it would not be surprising to see the flu become more prevalent or even show up outside of the normal flu season of October through April.
“Information coming out just recently is showing that Australia is having more influenza this year than they had in 2019, before the COVID-19 pandemic, so we may see a rebound of influenza activity,” Bowling said.
He recommends that everyone obtain their annual flu shot when available and stay aware of flu prevalence within the community.
We are partnering with Bexar County Judge Nelson W. Wolff and county commissioners to offer free flu shots in September and October. Adults and children ages 6 months and older, can receive a flu shot without leaving their vehicle at drive-thru events being hosted at four locations around the city.
The immunizations are free but advance registration is required. Individuals should visit the University Health website to register each person receiving a flu shot at universityhealthsystem.com/flu.
The drive-thru flu shots will be offered at the following community events:
Saturday, Sept. 10 8:00 a.m. – noon
Dub Farris Athletic Complex, 8400 North Loop 1604 W
Hosted by Commissioner Marialyn Barnard, Precinct 3
Saturday, Sept. 24 8:00 a.m. – noon
Gustafson Stadium, 7001 Culebra Road
Hosted by Commissioner Justin Rodriguez, Precinct 2
Saturday, Oct. 15 8:00 a.m. – noon
Alamodome, 100 Montana Street (located on S. Cherry St., Lot B or C)
Hosted by Commissioner Tommy Calvert, Precinct 4
Saturday, Oct. 22 8:00 a.m. – noon
Southwest ISD, 11914 Dragon Lane (located in lot near the baseball field)
Hosted by Commissioner Rebeca Clay-Flores, Precinct 1
Protocols will be in place at the community events to ensure mask use and physical distancing to help protect the health and safety of all attendees.
Now is the time to get protected. Register for a free flu shot today!