It’s easy to forget that flu season is just around the corner, especially with the near-constant focus on the COVID-19 pandemic. To protect residents against both viruses, Sacramento County is hosting a seven-week series of one-stop shops, clinics where people can get their coronavirus vaccine and their flu shot.

The free vaccination clinics are taking place around the county from Sept. 28 to Nov. 13. They accept walk-ins and can administer both shots in one visit. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention has noted that receiving the two vaccines at the same time is safe.

The current schedule includes one Galt location, at the Galt Market on Oct. 13, from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m.

Regular updates will add more locations and times throughout flu season, according to the county website.

In a press release, the county said it is “especially important” for people to get a flu vaccine if they have conditions that put them at high risk of flu complications, including diabetes, high blood pressure, lung disease and kidney disease.

“Flu vaccine is also recommended for infants ages six months and older who do not have a medical condition that makes the flu vaccine inadvisable,” the release continued.

Last year’s flu season was “very mild” because of the social-distancing and stay-at-home measures that were in place to stop the spread of coronavirus, County Public Health Officer Dr. Olivia Kasirye said.

“But we don’t have that this time,” Kasirye said in a Sept. 23 briefing with reporters. “We do have indoor masking, but otherwise, people are intermingling, and so our request to everybody and reminder to everyone is, it’s very important to get your flu shot this year.”

For more information about the clinics and locations, contact the Sacramento County Immunization Assistance Program at 916-875-7468, or visit www.sacvax.com.