Reno/Sparks, Nev. Oct. 11, 2023 – Washoe County residents 6 months and older can get a free flu shot on Saturday, Oct. 14, 2023, at the Northern Nevada Public Health (NNPH) main location (1001 E. 9th St., Reno).
The standard flu vaccine will be administered from 9:30 a.m. to noon, while supplies last. The high-dose flu vaccine will not be administered – those 65 years and older seeking the high-dose vaccine should consult their doctor, medical provider or a local pharmacy.
Please have paperwork filled out in advance – see English and Spanish form here. Residents are asked to enter the main entrance to the Washoe County Administration Complex at 1001 E. 9th St. – see map here.
What: Free flu shot – drive-through event
When: Saturday, Oct. 14, 9:30 a.m. – noon
Where: 1001 E. 9th St., Reno (map
The flu vaccine is the best way to reduce your risk from seasonal flu and its potentially serious complications, including hospitalization and death. People with higher risk of complications from flu include adults 65 years and older, pregnant people, young children and those with health conditions like asthma, heart disease, diabetes and chronic kidney disease. See flu symptoms here.
In Washoe County last flu season (October 2022-May 2023), NNPH, formerly the Washoe County Health District, reported:
- 25 influenza-associated deaths
- 60 percent of those who died were unvaccinated and 96 percent had at least one underlying medical condition.
- 348 influenza-related hospitalizations
- 75 percent of those hospitalized were unvaccinated and the highest rate of hospitalizations were among those 65 years and older.
NNPH is working with several community partners to host this free drive-through vaccine event, including Immunize Nevada, Reno Fire, Sparks Fire, Community Emergency Response Team (CERT), Medical Reserve Corps (MRC) and Unitek Nursing School.
Additionally, the NNPH Public Health Preparedness Program will be conducting an exercise to train our emergency personnel on how to respond to a disaster. The exercise will have no impact on the public but is critical in maintaining expertise and practicing in preparation for a real-life scenario. To learn more about the program, visit our website. To become a volunteer on the Medical Reserve Corps (MRC), see more info here.
To learn more about influenza, visit the CDC’s website.
Please note the Washoe County Health District changed its name to Northern Nevada Public Health on Aug. 31, 2023. More information is here.
Northern Nevada Public Health (NNPH) is nationally accredited by the Public Health Accreditation Board and has jurisdiction over all public health matters in Reno, Sparks, and Washoe County through the policy-making District Board of Health. NNPH consists of five divisions: Administrative Health Services, Air Quality Management, Community and Clinical Health Services, Environmental Health Services and Epidemiology & Public Health Preparedness. More info can be found here.