Deschutes County Health Services to Host Flu Vaccination Clinics

BEND, Ore. (KTVZ) — Ahead of flu season, Deschutes County Health Services is encouraging residents to schedule annual flu vaccination appointments with local health care providers or pharmacies.

Deschutes County Health Services has also scheduled flu shot clinics to help residents who live in congregate settings (shelters, long-term care facilities, adult foster homes, college dorms) or who do not have health insurance coverage.

Deschutes County Health Services will be hosting flu shot clinics:

  • Wednesday, Oct. 12 from 4 p.m. to 6 p.m. in the parking lot of the Central Oregon Community College library in Bend. It will be a drive-in clinic.
  • Friday, Oct. 14 from 1 p.m. to 5 p.m. at OSU-Cascades in the Edward J. Ray Hall atrium in Bend.
  • Wednesday October 19 from 4 p.m. to 6 p.m. at Volunteers in Medicine, 2300 NE Neff Road in Bend

“We want community members to know that it is safe to get the flu shot and other vaccines at the same time,” said Rita Bacho, public health program manager. “If you plan to receive a booster or COVID vaccine this fall, feel free to schedule both vaccines for the same appointment.”

New statewide COVID-19 forecasts have raised concerns about this year’s flu trends. A new forecast from OHSU shows that the flu could overtake COVID-19 in hospitalizations over the fall and winter.

“These new data underscore how important it is to get your flu shot this year,” Bacho said. “We encourage everyone to plan now to minimize the impacts of this year’s flu season.”

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