Eureka clinic expands hours for flu shots

Flu shots will be easier to get the next few weeks as the Department of Health and Human Services expands its hours for the Public Health Clinic in Eureka one night a week. The clinic, located at 529 I St., will be open every Tuesday night until 5:30 p.m. through the month of January.

Regular hours are Monday through Friday, 8:30 a.m. to 11 a.m. and 1 p.m. to 4 p.m. The clinic is closed to clients Thursday mornings. Appointments can be made by calling (707) 445-6200.

Health officials hope the expanded hours will make it easier for working families to get the vaccine after work.

Flu has spread to almost all of the states in the U.S. and there is concern this flu season will be more severe than usual, said Humboldt County public health officer Donald Baird.

"California had been spared until recently, but with all the travel over the holidays, the flu is definitely here," he said.

A donation of $10 is requested for flu vaccines, though no one will be turned away for inability to pay.

Everyone six months and older can be vaccinated for the flu. This year’s vaccine offers protection against three flu strains: H1N1, H3N2 and influenza B.

Flu vaccines are available for the expanded hours at Public Health’s main branch in Eureka. They are also available by appointment at Public Health’s Garberville office, 727 Cedar St., Garberville, (707) 923-2770, and at Public Health’s Willow Creek office, 77 Walnut Way, (530) 629-2410. Vaccinations are also available at private pharmacies and drugstores.