The Guide to 2020 Flu Shots for Seniors in Orange County

October marks the beginning of the 2020-2021 flu season. Getting an annual flu shot is always important for seniors. But it’s essential as the pandemic continues. This post offers a brief guide to the flu shot options available to seniors and caregivers in Orange County and Newport Beach, CA.

Office Visits

Seniors can make an appointment with their primary care doctor. Flu shots are usually covered with qualifying insurance like Medicare or Medicare Advantage. If getting an appointment isn’t possible or not an option, urgent care clinics in Orange County also offer flu shots.


Most pharmacies offer flu shots to seniors and caregivers. As with doctor’s offices and urgent care centers, flu shots may be free with qualifying insurance plans. Without it, there is a cost. Pharmacies that have the flu shot include:

  • Target
  • CVS
  • Walgreen’s
  • Rite Aide
  • WalMart
  • Local supermarket pharmacies

Orange County Health Care Agency

The Health Care Agency for Orange County offers a flu shot clinic for those without a doctor or health insurance. The clinic is open from 8:00 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. and 1:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m. An appointment is required and can be made by calling 1-800-914-4887. The clinic is located at 1725 W. 17th Street, Santa Ana, CA 92706. The clinic requires flu shot recipients to:

  • Wear a short sleeve shirt
  • Wait to get one if they have a fever or are sick.

Drive Thru Clinics

Orange County will host drive thru flu shots at two different locations to increase flu shot access. Register for these clinics here. They are:

  • OC Fair and Event Center on Friday October 30 from 7:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. Register starting on 10/25.
  • Anaheim Convention Center on October 24 or November 7 from 8:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. Register starting on October 19 or November 2 depending on the date.

Home Care Options

For seniors who receive home health care at home, ask if the agency is giving out flu shots to their patients. If they are, a flu shot can be given during a regular visit.

For seniors in need of a caregiver who can help them do important things like getting their flu shot, reach out to Optimum Senior Care Solutions today. Our caregivers in Orange County and Newport Beach, CA will help seniors during flu season and