Free flu shots in Woodside, Menlo ParkLooking ahead to flu season, the San Mateo County Health Department is offering free vaccinations to eligible residents over coming months in Woodside and Menlo Park.
The Woodside clinic is from 9 a.m. to noon on Saturday, Oct. 25, at the main fire station of the Woodside Fire Protection District at 3111 Woodside Road.
In Menlo Park, clinics are scheduled for Little House at 800 Middle Ave. on Friday, Nov. 7, from 8:30 to 11:30 a.m.; the Ravenswood Family Health Center at 100 Terminal Ave. from 9 a.m. to noon on Wednesdays from Oct. 22 to Dec. 17; and at the Willow Clinic at 795 Willow Road from 1:30 to 3:30 p.m. on Mondays from Nov. 3 to Dec. 1.
County-sponsored clinics are open to anyone 60 and older, and adults with chronic health issues and the people who care for them, health department spokeswoman Beverly Thames said.
The Woodside clinic will vaccinate any adult who wants to reduce the chances of catching the flu, Fire Marshal Denise Enea said.
Pregnant women and children are not eligible for county flu shots because the vaccine contains a preservative determined to be unsafe for these groups, Ms. Thames said. Preservative-free shots should be available through personal health care, she said.
Also not recommended for flu shots are people with severe allergic reactions to eggs and those who have reacted badly to a previous flu shot, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.
Woodside residents wanting a vaccination but unable to travel to the fire station that day should call the fire district at 851-1594.