HELPING HAND James Kusler (left), 8, holds his 5-year-old brother John’s hand as he receives a flu shot from Cindy Rios during a flu shot drive-thru event in Gilroy on Oct. 24. Photo: Robert Eliason
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Santa Clara County Public Health held a free flu shot drive-thru event at Valley Health Center Gilroy on Oct. 24.

Participants could remain in their vehicles as they were administered a vaccine to protect them from a strain of the flu.

Public health officials are concerned that a severe flu season, coupled with the ongoing Covid-19 pandemic, could result in what is known as a “twindemic,” crippling hospitals that are already stretched thin battling the novel coronavirus.

The county also offers free flu shots Saturdays at the Santa Clara County Fairgrounds. For information, visit

DRIVE-THRU  Cindy Rios prepares to administer a flu vaccine to Darien Kusler. Photo: Robert Eliason
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