With flu season right around the corner, Austin Public Health is rolling out its annual seasonal flu clinic schedule and bringing vaccines to the public once again.

This year, APH said free flu shots are available for uninsured Travis County residents six months of age or older and all Medicare recipients. For convenience, APH asks that appointments be made by calling (512) 972-5520.

The schedule follows:

Saturday, Sept. 30
Far South Health Center
405 West Stassney Lane 78745
9 a.m. - 1 p.m.
Appointment required

Saturday, Oct. 7th
Boo the Flu at Travis High School
1211 E. Oltorf Street 78704
11 a.m. – 2 p.m.
No appointment needed; walk-ins welcome

Saturday, Oct. 28th
St. John Neighborhood Center
7500 Blessing Ave. 78752
9 a.m.- 1 p.m.
Appointment required

APH said that though flu activity is unpredictable and varies from season to season, January tends to see the peak of flu illnesses in Texas. However, seasonal flu activity can begin as early as October and continue through late May.

To help limit the spread of the flu this season, APH urges you to:

- Get an annual flu shot.
- Wash your hands often.
- Cover your coughs and sneezes. Cough or sneeze into your sleeve and not your hands.
- Don’t touch your face with your hands.
- Avoid touching your eyes, nose or mouth.
- If you feel sick, stay home from work or school.

More information on the flu vaccine is available by calling 211, 311 or (512) 972-5520, or by visiting the APH website here.