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Preventing the Flu

Ways to prevent the flu include washing your hands often, covering your mouth and nose when you cough or sneeze, frequently cleaning surfaces that are touched a lot, and staying home when you are sick. Face coverings and physical distancing have also become important ways to prevent the spread of disease, with the emergence of the COVID-19 pandemic.

For influenza, we are fortunate to have vaccines that help prevent the illness, and most health insurance plans completely cover the cost of flu vaccines, including the Oregon Health Plan and the InterCommunity Health Network CCO. (Check with your health insurance provider if you are not sure.)

Preventing the flu is always important, and flu vaccines help save lives every year. Now, with the novel coronavirus circulating in our communities, it is even more important. Doing everything you can to prevent the flu will help:

  • Conserve health care resources.
  • Help you avoid an illness that could cause you to miss work or other activities.
  • Help keep people who are more vulnerable to the flu safer, such as adults age 65 and over, children younger than 2, pregnant women and Indigenous Americans. 

 

 

Getting Vaccinated

Samaritan Health Services offers flu vaccines in a variety of ways, to make sure it is as convenient as possible for you.

Drive-Up Flu Vaccinations

Samaritan patients can just drive right up for flu vaccinations at our drive-up vaccination clinics – you won’t even need to get out of your car. If you have had any visit with our health care providers – whether in a clinic, hospital, laboratory or imaging test – and have a Samaritan Health Services medical record, you would qualify for this option. 

If you are unable to make it to one of the following dates or times, please call your primary care provider for options, or visit a Samaritan Urgent Care/Walk-In Clinic or SamCare Express.

Drive-up Flu Vaccination Dates
Oct. 3 and 17, 9 a.m. to 1 p.m.
Nov. 7 and 21, 9 a.m. to 1 p.m.
Dec. 5 and 19, 9 a.m. to 1 p.m.

Drive-up Flu Vaccination Locations
Albany – 1040 7th Ave SW, parking lot across Seventh Avenue from Samaritan Albany General Hospital.
Corvallis - 2555 NE Belvue St., warehouse parking lot.
Lebanon – 35 N Mullins Drive, parking lot adjacent to Samaritan Urgent Care/Walk-In Clinic.
Lincoln City – 2870 NE West Devils Lake Road, Samaritan Lincoln City Medical Center north parking lot.
Newport – 705 SW Coast Hwy., parking lot directly east of Samaritan Medical Supplies.

* Flu vaccines will be available at each of the drive-up flu vaccination locations on each date, while supplies last. 

Walk-In Clinics & SamCare Express

Samaritan Urgent Care Walk-In Clinic locations provide flu vaccines to walk-in patients, no appointment needed. Visit samhealth.org/CareNow for locations. Or you can schedule for a convenient time online for SamCare Express locations in Albany and Corvallis at samhealth.org/Express.

Samaritan Pediatrics in Corvallis will offer walk-in flu vaccines for clinic patients and their parents on Oct. 10, Nov. 14 and Dec. 12 from 9 a.m. to noon. For more information, call 541-768-4900.

Pharmacies

Samaritan Pharmacy locations in Albany, Corvallis and Lebanon offer flu vaccinations, with private rooms for giving the vaccines.