Bexar County in partnership with University Health is hosting drive-through flu shot events in September and October. Credit: Bonnie Arbittier / San Antonio Report

Bexar County Commissioners will host flu shot events across the San Antonio area from Sept. 10 through Oct. 22 in partnership with University Health. 

Flu shots are free, but registration is required for each person receiving an immunization.

Anyone over six months old can receive a flu shot without leaving their vehicle at four locations from 8 a.m. to noon on the following Saturdays:

  • Sept. 10: The Dub Farris Athletic Complex, 8400 North Loop 1604 W.
  • Sept. 24: Gustafson Stadium, 7001 Culebra Rd.
  • Oct. 15: Alamodome, 100 Montana Street at S. Cherry Street, Lot B or Lot C
  • Oct. 22: Southwest Independent School District, 11914 Dragon Lane, in the lot near the baseball field.

University Health’s Dr. Jason Bowling, hospital epidemiologist, said the flu could come back strong this year. Cases have been lower the past two years due to people wearing masks, social distancing and quarantining because of COVID-19. 

As those measures relax, it would “not be surprising” to see the flu become more prevalent or even show up outside of flu season, which runs from October through April, he said. 

“Australia is having more influenza this year than they had in 2019, before the COVID-19 pandemic, so we may see a rebound of influenza activity,” said Bowling.

To stay protected, Bowling recommended staying up to date with annual flu shots, especially for vulnerable populations like young children, the elderly and those who are immunocompromised.

A spokesperson for the Metropolitan Health District said the department will resume tracking flu cases in October.

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Raquel Torres

Raquel Torres is the San Antonio Report's breaking news reporter. She previously worked at the Tyler Morning Telegraph and is a 2020 graduate of Stephen F. Austin State University.