Information About Flu Shots

The flu or influenza is a serious disease. It’s more than just a runny nose and sore throat. The flu can make you very sick and cause you to go to the hospital or even lead to death. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) recommends that everyone 6 months and older get the flu vaccine (flu shot). You can protect yourself and those around you by getting a flu shot.

Where can I get a Flu Shot? 

There are many ways to get your flu shot:

1. Ask your doctor
 
If you have health insurance, you can get a flu shot from your medical provider. It is usually free. Ask your doctor about it.
2. Find a clinic
 

See a list of clinics where you can get free flu shots in Orange County. You can also call (800) 564-8448 to find out where you can get a free flu shot.
3. Go to a pharmacy
 
Visit the HealthMap Vaccine Finder to find a pharmacy where you can get flu shots. Check with your health plan to see if it’s covered.
4. Visit our clinic
 
If you don’t have a doctor or health insurance, you can get a free flu shot from the Health Care Agency Flu Clinic (see below).

Health Care Agency Flu Clinic

Beginning November 3, 2016, you can get a free flu shot at the Orange County Health Care Agency’s (OCHCA) walk-in clinic: 

Where: 1725 W. 17th Street, Santa Ana, CA 92706 map

When: Every Thursday
            8:00 AM-11:30 AM
            1:00 PM-4:00 PM

Phone: Call the Health Referral Line (800) 564-8448, Monday-Friday 8:00 AM – 5:00 PM

What do I need to know before my visit?

  • Walk-ins are welcome, no appointment is needed.
  • The flu shot is available for everyone 6 months or older.
  • Wear a short sleeve shirt
  • If you are sick or have a fever, please wait until you are better before getting a flu shot.
       English, Spanish, and Vietnamese Questionnaire. 
To make your visit go faster, download and complete 
this quick questionnaire.

Where can I find more information about the flu?

Read our Influenza (General Information) page to learn more about the flu and how it spreads.

Other Resources

CDC Influenza (Flu) Website
Information about the flu, including symptoms, treatment and prevention from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC).

Key Facts About Seasonal Flu Vaccine
Key facts about the flu vaccine from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC).

Influenza (Flu) Vaccine Information
Information and recommendations about flu vaccines from Vaccines.gov.

No More Excuses, You Need a Flu Vaccine
Information about why you need a flu vaccine from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC).

Page Last Updated: October 26, 2016