COVID + Flu – Don’t Spread Two

Most flu shots are reserved for patients who get primary and speciality care at Sansum Clinic – while supplies last.

This upcoming cold and flu season will be much different than prior years.

We are battling the global COVID-19 pandemic and will soon have another significant virus circulating in the community: influenza or “the flu”. Influenza can cause many of the same symptoms of COVID-19 and can result in similar illness or even death. The good news is that there is a vaccine for influenza and as a result, we encourage all of our patients to get vaccinated as soon as possible to ensure protection by the time the flu season is underway.

Flu shots are particularly important this upcoming flu season to prevent patients from potentially becoming ill with both COVID-19 and influenza – especially for those at increased medical risk for severe complications should they contract flu or COVID-19.

The flu vaccine is recommended for everyone 6 months of age and older. Getting a flu shot is more important than ever as we are still battling the COVID-19 pandemic and although a flu shot won’t prevent COVID-19, it will help protect you and your loved ones from getting sick with the flu, and will reduce the burden of flu illnesses on hospitals and healthcare systems. Schedule your flu shot as soon as possible.

Patients age 65 years and older will be provided high dose vaccines, while supplies last. If the high dose vaccine is not available, we recommend that you get the regular dose and do not delay your vaccination.

Beginning September 6, flu vaccines will be offered during already-scheduled visits at Sansum Clinic primary care, urgent care and some specialty care departments. You can directly schedule your flu vaccine for September 8 or later on MyChart.

Flu vaccines will be billed to insurance and documented in the patient’s medical record.

Sansum Clinic patients can call our Flu Hotline at (805) 681-7805, or login to MyChart to schedule a flu shot. By appointment only.

Questions? Call the MyChart Help Desk at (805) 898-3333. Our hours of operation are Monday through Friday, 8:00 am-5:00 pm.

For the safety of our staff who are providing flu vaccines, no dogs please, even if you are receiving your flu shot in the car.