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Flu Prevention

An annual seasonal flu vaccine is the best way to help protect against the flu. We all have the role in protecting each other by getting the flu vaccine as COVID-19 continues to impact our lives. It is more important than ever to protect yourself against other respiratory illnesses and protect vulnerable populations during the flu 2022-2023 season.

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Open Flu Clinics

The following clinics are open to all Employees from CCSF, USD, CCD and CRT and Retirees and their spouses/partners of retirees insured through the SFHSS sponsored health plans from the following employers: CCSF, USD, CCD and CRT. PLEASE NOTE: Worksite clinics are not for spouses/domestic partners and children of city employees.

  • October 4, 2022 - 9:00 am - 3:00 pm, City Hall,  (1 Dr. Carlton B. Goodlett Pl.)
  • October 18, 2022 - 9:00 am -3:00 pm, 1 South Van Ness Ave., 2nd Floor Atrium
  • October 20, 2022 - 7:30 am - 12:00 pm, PUC-WST-1000 El Camino Real, Millbrae, CA, Large Conference Room
  • October 26, 2022 - 9:00 am-2:00 pm, Human Services Agency 170 Otis St., Born Auditorium
  • October 27, 2022, 8:00 am-5:00 pm, SFHSS Wellness Center, 1145 Market St. Suite 100
  • November 1, 2022 - 11:30 am-1:30 pm, ACC 1419 Bryant St Rescue Row 2nd Floor Conf. Room
  • November 2, 2022 -10:00 am-2:00 pm, SF War Memorial 401 Van Ness Ave. Room 302
  • November 3, 2022 - 8:30 am-12:30 pm, Pier 1 Embarcadero Bayside 1
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Restricted Flu Clinics

The following clinics have restricted access and are available for first responders and employees that have building access at the listed address:

  • September 27, 2022 - 8:00 am - 2:00 pm, SFFD Headquarters - 698 2nd St., SF
  • September 28, 2022 - 5:00 am - 9:00 am & 11:30 am - 3:30 pm, DEM - 1011 Turk Ave., SF
  • September 29, 2022 - 10:00 am - 2:00 pm, MTA Presidio - 2610 Geary Blvd, Gilley Room, SF
  • September 30, 2022 - 10:30 am -1:30 pm, LIB Main (Larkin) Latino/Hispanic Room
  • October 5, 2022 - 11:00 am - 2:00 pm, MTA-MME- 601 25th Street, SF, Room #239
  • October 5, 2022 - 9:00 am -1:00 pm, PUC 525 Golden Gate Ave, SF
  • October 6, 2022 - 7:30 am - 12:00 pm, PUC-HHWP - 1 Lakeshore Dr, Mocassin, CA
  • October 11, 2022 - 7:30 am - 12:30 pm, PUC-CDD -1980 Oakdale Ave, SF
  • October 12, 2022 - 9:00 am – 3:00 pm, SFPW-Operations Yard -2323 Cesar Chavez, SF
  • October 13, 2022 - 9:00 am - 12:00 pm, DeYoung Museum, 50 Hagiwara Tea Garden Dr, SF, Rohlen Conference Room
  • October 13, 2022 - 10:00 am-2:30 pm, Hall of Justice, 850 Bryant, Room 551
  • October 14, 2022 - 4:00 pm -8:00 pm, SFUSD 555 Franklin St, SF
  • October 20, 2022 - 10:00 am - 1:00 pm, 49 South Van Ness Ave, SF
  • October 19, 2022 - 9:00 am - 2:00 pm, SFPD Headquarters 1245 – 3rd Street, SF, 3rd floor conference room 3111
  • October 25, 2022 - 8:00 am – 1:00 pm, PUC-WWE-SEP -750 Phelps Street -SF

Be Prepared before attending flu clinics

  • What you'll need prior to flu vaccine

    To ensure the health and safety of our employees there are a few things you need to know prior to attending a clinic.

    1. Proper face mask will be required for admittance into the clinic and to obtain a flu vaccination. For more information on approved cloth face mask and how to properly wear a face mask please visit the CDC.

    2. You will need to print out and complete the Vaccination Informed Consent form and bring it with you to the clinic. If you are interested in a copy of your form, you will need to take an image of it on your smart phone on the day of the event.
      1. Download the English version HERE
      2. Download the Spanish version HERE
    3. For City employees, please bring your City ID/badge (DSW or Department issued badge). Worksite clinics are NOT for spouses/domestic partners and children of City employees.

    Please do not attend a clinic if:

    1. you are currently (at the time of your flu vaccine) being quarantined due to potential exposure of COVID-19,
    2. you are currently  (at the time of your flu vaccine) in isolation due to being identified as COVID-19 positive, or
    3. you are already accessing a medical facility due to chronic illness.

Get a free flu shot through your healthcare provider.

  • Blue Shield of California HMO Members

    Get a flu shot from a Primary Care Physician (PCP) without a co-pay.
    Contact your PCP to schedule. Your medical group may also offer reimbursement for flu shots received at a clinic or pharmacy.

    Call for more details:

  • Health Net CanopyCare HMO

    Get a flu shot from your primary care physician without a co-pay.  Contact your PCP to schedule. Your medical group may also offer reimbursement for flu shots received at a clinic or pharmacy. Call for details:

    • Dignity Health Medical Network-Santa Cruz (831) 465-7800
    • Hill Physicians Medical Group (800) 445-5747
    • John Muir Physician Network (925) 952-2887
    • Meritage Medical Network (415) 884-1840
    • Santa Clara County IPA (SCCIPA) (800) 977-7332
  • Kaiser Permanente HMO Members

    Kaiser Permanente HMO and Kaiser Permanente Senior Advantage HMO
    Go to any Kaiser Permanente medical facility for a free shot OR visit a local pharmacy. 

    Visit kp.org/flu or call (800) 573-5811 for times and locations.

  • UnitedHealthcare PPO Members

    UHC Medicare Advantage PPO and

    UHC PPO Companion Plan

    Get a free flu shot from your participating Primary Care Physician (PCP) or visit uhc.com/flu to find a participating pharmacy near you.

    Call for questions:

    UHC Medicare Advantage PPO

    (877) 259-0493

    UHC PPO Companion Plan

    (866) 282-0125

    Visit: UHCFluLocator.com for more information.

2022 Flu Shot FAQs

  • SHFSS Worksite Flu Clinic FAQs

    Who is eligible for a flu shot at a worksite clinic?

    Employees, retirees and spouses/domestic partners of retirees insured through the SFHSS sponsored health plans from the following employers: CCSF, Unified School District, Community College District and the Superior Court. Some clinics are only open to employees with access to that facility. Worksite clinics are not for spouses/domestic partners and children of City employees. 

    Who should NOT attend a worksite flu clinic?

    You should not attend a flu clinic if:

    1. you are currently (during the time of your scheduled appointment) being quarantined due to potential exposure of COVID-19,
    2. you are currently (during the tie of your scheduled appointment) in isolation do to being identified as COVID-19 positive, or
    3. if you are already accessing a medical facility due to chronic illness.

    Do I need to schedule an appointment to get a vaccination at an SFHSS sponsored worksite flu clinic?

    Yes, in order to maintain the health and safety of all participants appointments will be required in order to get vaccinated.

    Can I receive a COVID-19 Vaccine or a COVID-19 Booster shot at the flu clinics? 

    No, SFHSS will no be administrating COVID-19 Vaccines or COVID-19 booster shots at the flu clinics.

    How soon can I get my flu shot after receiving a COVID-19 vaccine? 

    The CDC states COVID-19 vaccines may now be administered without regard to timing of other vaccines. 

    Will PPE be required?

    Yes, face masks will be required upon entry to the clinic. Staff will ensure face masks are worn properly and meet the guidelines outlined by the CDC.

    Will I be required to have a health screening when I arrive?

    Yes, all participants will be asked to answer health screening questions outlined by the Health Officer. Temperatures will NOT be taken at the clinics.

    Is there any paperwork I need to fill out and if so, can  I fill it out in advance of the clinic?

    Yes, we are recommending participants print, complete, and bring an Informed Consent Waiver Form with them to the flu clinic. Download the English version HERE or the Spanish version HERE.

    General Flu Vaccination FAQ's

    What are the benefits of flu vaccination?

    There are many reasons to get a flu vaccine each year. Such as:

    • Flu vaccination can keep you from getting sick with the flu.
    • Flu vaccination can reduce the risk of flu-associated hospitalization for children, working-age adults, and older adults.
    • Flu vaccination is an important preventive tool for people with chronic health conditions.
    • Flu vaccination helps protect women during and after pregnancy.
    • Flu vaccines can be life-saving in children.
    • Flu vaccination has been shown to reduce the severity of illness in people who get vaccinated but still get sick.
    • Getting vaccinated yourself may also protect people around you, including those who are more vulnerable to serious flu illness, like babies and young children, older people, and people with certain chronic health conditions.

    Does flu vaccine work right away?

    No. It takes about two weeks after vaccination for antibodies to develop in the body and provide protection against influenza virus infection. That’s why it’s best to get vaccinated before influenza viruses start to spread in your community.

    Does the flu shot increase your risk of getting COVID-19?

    There is no evidence that getting a flu vaccine increases the risk of getting COVID-19. There are many benefits from flu vaccination and preventing flu is always important, but in the context of the COVID-19 pandemic, it’s even more important to do everything possible to reduce illnesses and preserve scarce health care resources.

    Can I get seasonal flu even though I got a flu vaccine this year?

    Yes. It’s possible to get sick with flu even if you have been vaccinated (although you won’t know for sure unless you get a flu test). This is possible for the following reasons:

    • You may be exposed to a flu virus shortly before getting vaccinated or during the period that it takes the body to gain protection after getting vaccinated.
    • You may be exposed to a flu virus that is not included in the seasonal flu vaccine.
    • Unfortunately, some people can become infected with a flu virus a flu vaccine is designed to protect against, despite getting vaccinated. Protection provided by flu vaccination can vary widely, based in part on health and age factors of the person getting vaccinated.

    What protection does a flu vaccine provide if I do get sick with flu?

    Some people who get vaccinated may still get sick. However, flu vaccination has been shown in some studies to reduce the severity of illness in people who get vaccinated but still get sick.

    Can a flu vaccine give me flu?

    No, a flu vaccine cannot cause flu illness.

    What side effects can occur after getting a flu vaccine?

    While a flu vaccine cannot give you flu illness, there are different side effects that may be associated with getting a flu shot. These side effects are mild and short-lasting, especially when compared to symptoms of a bad case of flu. Some minor side effects that may occur include soreness, redness, and/or swelling where the shot was given, headache (low grade), fever, muscle aches, nausea, and fatigue.

    Fore more information visit: https://www.cdc.gov/flu/prevent/keyfacts.htm or https://www.cdc.gov/flu/season/faq-flu-season-2021-2022.htm