Health Officials Encourage Residents to Get Flu Shot

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The Health Department continues to encourage flu vaccinations for all people 6 months of age and older.

Health officials are reminding Long Beach residents that it’s not too early to get a flu shot now, because outbreaks can occur as early as October. An annual flu shot is the best way to keep people from getting ill.

“We strongly recommend that everyone 6 months and older get the flu vaccine every year, especially those with a health condition that may increase their risk of serious complications from the flu,” said Dr. Anissa Davis, Long Beach City Health Officer. “By getting the vaccine at the start of flu season, it gives your body a chance to develop immunity to the flu and protect yourself as well as those around you.”

While for most people getting the flu means fever, chills, aches, pains, and coughing, the flu can be deadly for others. Flu shots are especially important for people at high risk for serious complications from the flu, including people ages 60 and older, pregnant women, caregivers of seniors or infants, and anyone with an underlying chronic medical condition (such as diabetes, or a chronic heart, lung, kidney or liver condition), or who are immune compromised, such as persons with HIV/AIDS, on dialysis, or receiving cancer treatment.

The Health Department will be hosting several Neighborhood Flu Clinics throughout the city, kicking things off on Thursday, October 20, 2016, from 2:00 pm to 7:00 pm at the Long Beach Health Department, 2525 Grand Avenue. No appointment is needed at the October 20 clinic or at the following clinics:

Thursday, October 20, 2:00 pm – 7:00 pm
Long Beach Health Department
2525 Grand Avenue
Long Beach, CA 90815

Wednesday, October 26, 9 am – 12:00 pm
El Dorado Park Teen Center
2800 Studebaker Road
Long Beach, CA 90815

Monday, November 7, 9:00 am – 12:00 pm
Long Beach Senior Center
1150 4th Street
Long Beach, CA 90802

Wednesday, November 9, 9:00 am – 12:00 pm
Gold Star Manor
3021 North Gold Star Drive
(Enter on Spring Street at Santa Fe Avenue)
Long Beach, CA 90810

Wednesday, November 16, 9:00 am – 12:00 pm
Scherer Park
(Enter via 46th Street & Pasadena Avenue)
4600 Long Beach Blvd

Friday, November 18, 9:00 am – 12:00 pm
Bixby Park
130 Cherry Avenue
Long Beach, CA 90802

Monday, November 21, 9:00 am – 12:00 pm
Houghton Park
6301 Myrtle Avenue
Long Beach, CA 90805

Appointments will also be accepted at the Health Department during regular business hours by calling 562.570.4315 (a small administrative fee may apply). Adults with Medicare Part B or other insurance are urged to bring their Medicare/insurance card to their appointment. Parents should bring their children’s immunization records – some children will need two doses of the vaccine given one month apart depending on their immunization history.

The Health Department also recommends that all persons practice healthy habits to prevent getting or transmitting the flu:

  • Avoid close contact with people who are sick;
  • Stay home from work or school if you are sick;
  • Cover your mouth and nose with a tissue when you cough or sneeze;
  • Wash hands with soap and water, or use hand sanitizer frequently;
  • Avoid touching your eyes, nose, and mouth; and
  • Eat healthy food, drink plenty of water, take vitamins, get plenty of rest, do not smoke, and avoid alcoholic beverages.

The Health Department is also working with local hospitals, skilled nursing facilities, and other healthcare providers to ensure that their staff are vaccinated against the flu in order to protect patients.

For more information about the flu or upcoming clinics, call the Health Department’s Vaccination Information Line at 562.570.SHOT (7468) or visit www.longbeach.gov/health.



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