Kaiser Permanente has opened six flu clinics after members showed a renewed demand for vaccinations following outbreaks in other parts of the country.
The clinics allow members to get shots without an appointment.
The outbreak in other parts of the country has begun later in the season this year. Kaiser and other health care providers started giving shots in September.
“We’re getting a bit of a warning signal here in California because of what’s happening in the East and Midwest,” said Dr. Lynn Fitzgibbons, an infectious disease specialist at Kaiser Permanente.
Fitzgibbons said the peak of the flu season may still be several weeks away and the season could run into the spring. The clinics will help more members get the vaccine. She is also urging non-Kaiser members get shots too. Many are available at pharmacies.
There are six locations in the greater Sacramento area. You can call Kaiser Permanente’s Flu Hotline at 1 (800) KP-FLU-11 (1-800-573-5811) for locations. They are open from 8:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. and will remain open until at least Jan. 25.