More than 1,400 people received free flu shots at Kaiser Permanente Point West Medical Offices on Tuesday afternoon.
The hospital held the event in partnership with the Sacramento Kings, whose doctors are the team physicians for the Kings.
The free clinic came at a crucial time, when Sacramento County is seeing an unusually high number of flu related deaths.
Already, there are 21 confirmed deaths in the county for people under 65, compared to last season’s total of 16. There are also 91 people fighting the virus in intensive care.
This makes Sacramento County number one in flu related deaths per capita in the State.
“So many people dying from it, the flu this year, so I thought it was important for us to get it together as a family,” Francianna Patterson said. Patterson arrived with her pregnant daughter and grandson.
At around 4 p.m., Sacramento Kings starting point guard, Isaiah Thomas gave meet and greets to fans who received flu shots.
“I’ve been a big advocate of health,” Thomas said. “Whether it’s fitness or nutrition or the flu, I try to get the word out to the community.”
If you missed this opportunity, the Yolo County Free Flu Shot Clinic will be held on Wednesday, Feb. 5 at the West Sacramento City Hall at 1110 West Capitol Avenue, between 4 p.m. and 8 p.m. The Sacramento County Free Flu Shot Clinic will be held Thursday, Feb. 6 at the Voter Registration Office at 7000 65th Street, from noon to 3 p.m.