LB Health Dept Schedules Walk-in Flu Vaccine Clinics

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In addition to free flu shots, a limited supply of pneumonia vaccine is available for those who qualify.

The City of Long Beach Department of Health and Human Services (Health Department), with assistance from the American Red Cross, will commence the annual walk-in flu clinics beginning October 26, 2010 for people age 50 and older and adults ages 18 – 49 who are at high-risk for serious complications of influenza. “

This year only, the California Department of Public Health has also made pneumonia vaccine available for use at the annual flu clinics. While supplies last, the walk-in clinics will offer free pneumonia vaccine to people who qualify. The standard recommendation for pneumonia vaccine is one dose after the age of 65. People over 60 who smoke or who have lung, kidney or heart disease are encouraged to get pneumonia vaccine early with a second shot after the age of 65.

Getting an annual flu shot is important for high risk individuals to help prevent influenza and possible complications from flu” said Dr. Calvet, City Health Officer.

Adults who need annual seasonal flu shots include:

  • Persons who are 50 years of age and older, or
  • Persons 18 – 49 with underlying chronic medical conditions, such as heart or lung conditions, or who are immune suppressed, e.g. persons with HIV/AIDS, receiving cancer treatment, on dialysis, etc., or
  • Women who will be pregnant during the influenza season, or
  • Caregivers of seniors or infants

Adults with Medicare Part B are urged to bring their Medicare card to the clinic to receive a free flu shot. A $2 donation to offset administrative costs will be requested from people who do not have Medicare. No appointment is needed at the following sites:

2010 Health Department Flu Clinic Schedule

  • Long Beach Senior Center, 1150 E. 4th St.
    October 26 from 9 a.m.- 12 p.m.
  • El Dorado Park Senior Center, 2800 Studebaker Rd.
    October 28 from 9 a.m.- 12 p.m.
  • American Gold Star Manor, Spring at Santa Fe
    November 3 from 9 a.m.- 12 p.m.
  • Houghton Park, 6301 Myrtle Ave.
    November 4 from 9 a.m. – 12 p.m.
  • Cal Rec. Center/McBride Park, 1550 Martin Luther King, Jr. Ave.
    November 12 from 9 a.m.- 12 p.m.
  • Long Beach Health Department, 2525 Grand Avenue
    • November 16 from 1 p.m. – 4 p.m.
    • November 18 from 1 p.m. – 4 p.m.
    • November 23 from 9 a.m.- 12 p.m.
    • November 29 from 1 p.m. – 4 p.m.
    • November 30 from 9 a.m.- 12 p.m.

The American Academy of Pediatrics and the Federal Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) recommend annual seasonal flu vaccine for all children age 6 months to 18 years. According to the CDC, influenza is one of the leading causes of death in the nation among people in all age groups. The Health Department will have seasonal flu vaccine available for infants over the age of 6 months and others who cannot attend the clinics listed above at its regularly scheduled immunization clinic located at 2525 Grand Avenue. Appointments are required and can be made by calling 562-570-4315.

Influenza viruses are always changing so the formulation of flu vaccine changes annually. This is why flu shots are recommended every year. Vaccine from previous years does not provide protection. Annual flu shots are always formulated with the three strains that scientists predict will be likely to cause flu disease in the coming months. Flu disease is most common in the months of January and February, so getting your vaccine in November or December should still provide protection. The three strains of flu in the 2010 -11 vaccine are A/California (H1N1), A/Perth and B/Brisbane. Note that this year’s vaccine includes the H1N1 flu strain which prompted Public Health agencies across the country to hold special clinics. This year’s annual flu vaccine includes H1N1, so a separate vaccine is unnecessary.

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

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

The Health Department’s vaccination information Shot Line is updated periodically with flu vaccine information, and may be reached at (562) 570-SHOT (570-7468). For more information about flu disease and prevention please visit our website at www.longbeach.gov/health.

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