Press article | Samaritan Health Services

In recent years, precautions taken to prevent the spread of COVID-19 have also prevented the spread of influenza. Now that COVID-19 guidelines have eased in most public places and many people are abandoning special measures like physical distancing and wearing face masks, the flu is expected to make a big comeback this year.

Australia is having its worst flu season in five years, and federal health officials have warned the United States could face a similar experience. Australia’s winter runs from April to October, and its flu season is often a good predictor of what will happen during the fall and winter months in the United States.

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention recommend that anyone 6 months and older get a flu shot, and health experts recommend people 65 and older get a high-dose version of the vaccine. The flu shot is especially important for people who are at higher risk of health complications, hospitalization or death from the flu.

“If you work in healthcare, have a chronic illness, or are over 65, you’re at higher risk and definitely don’t want to skip the flu shot,” said Erik Rueckert, DO, of Samaritan Medical. Clinics – North Albany. “But I recommend it to everyone. We expect to see a lot of flu circulating, and after almost three years of the pandemic, who wants to miss school or work for the flu?

Influenza vaccination contributes to both individual and community health.

“The flu shot lowers your chances of getting sick, and if you still get the flu, your symptoms are likely to be much less severe,” Dr. Rueckert said. “By getting the flu shot, you are also doing your part to help prevent the spread of the flu in the community, such as to loved ones who may be at higher risk for complications.”

To make getting the flu shot easier and faster, drive-through flu shot events will be offered to Samaritan patients this fall. If you’ve had a visit to a Samaritan health care provider – whether at a clinic, hospital, lab, or imaging test – and you have a medical record from Samaritan Health Services, you can get your flu shot at one of Samaritan’s drive-through vaccination centers. events.

Regular and high-dose flu shots will be available for children 6 months and older at drive-in events. No appointment is necessary. Anyone 2 years and older is encouraged to wear a face mask.

Albany – 400 Hickory Street NW
Oct. 8, 8 a.m. to noon
November 5, 8 a.m. to noon

Corvallis – 2555 NE Belvue St.
Oct. 1, 9 a.m. to 1 p.m.

Lebanon – 35 Mullins Drive, next to Samaritan Urgent Care
Oct. 1, 9 a.m. to 1 p.m.
Oct. 22, 9 a.m. to 1 p.m.

Lincoln City – 3011 NE 28th St.
Oct. 8, 9 a.m. to 1 p.m.

Newport – Health Education Center, 740 SW Ninth St.
Oct. 1, 9 a.m. to 1 p.m.

Sweet Home – 679 Main St.
Oct. 19, 1 p.m. to 7 p.m.

(COVID-19 vaccination will not be available at these drive-in events. Please contact your primary care provider or visit for COVID-19 vaccination opportunities.)

If you can’t make it to one of the drive-in events, ask your primary care provider about flu shots or visit a Samaritan Pharmacy in Albany, Corvallis or Lebanon.

Other community flu shot opportunities can be found by calling 211 or visiting