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Berkeley, California (Thursday, September 23, 2010) - The beginning of the school year also marks the beginning of the flu season and the beginning of the best time to get shots. If you and your family cannot get vaccinated through your regular health care provider, the City of Berkeley Public Health Division can help.

"Last year, Public Health gave free vaccines to more than 3,200 community members," said Dr. Janet Berreman, Berkeley's Health Officer. "This year, we are hosting two flu clinics in hopes to reach even more people. We are looking to meet the community's need for flu shots."

A special highlight this year is that the Public Health Division is offering a separate clinic for seniors and persons with disabilities for the first time. "We hope to make it a comfortable experience for these very important members of our Berkeley community," said Tanya Bustamante, Program Director of the City's Public Health Preparedness Program. 

Free Flu Clinic for Seniors (65+) & Persons with Disabilities 
WHEN: Saturday, October 2, 2010, 9am - 12 noon
WHERE: Longfellow Middle School Gymnasium, 1500 Derby Street (enter from Ward Street)

Free Community Flu Clinic 
WHEN: Tuesday, October 12, 2010, 3 pm - 7 pm
WHERE: Berkeley Adult School, 1701 San Pablo Ave.

Seniors and persons with disabilities who cannot make it to the October 2 clinic are invited to attend the Community Flu Clinic on October 12. For your convenience, please use the Curtis Street entrance.

It is now recommended that everyone 6 months of age and older be vaccinated against the flu each season. As in every year, the flu vaccine protects against three different flu viruses, and this year H1N1 is one of them. Every year, the flu sends 20,000 children to the hospital and is the cause of death for more than 4,000 Californians.

The clinic will have standard seasonal flu shots available for anyone older than 6 months and nasal vaccine (FluMist) for all healthy people between the ages of 2 and 49 all at no cost. FluMist is a nasal vaccine, which is a great choice for many children-- no needles!

Intake forms will be available at the flu clinics and can also be downloaded from www.CityofBerkeley.info/publichealth. Print the form, fill it out and bring it with you.

In addition to getting vaccinated this year everyone should remember to "WHACK" the flu:

Wash your hands often

Home is where you stay when you are sick

Avoid touching your eyes, nose and mouth

Cover your coughs and sneezes

Keep your distance from sick people

This event is hosted by the City of Berkeley Public Health Division in partnership with the Berkeley Adult School/Berkeley Unified School District.




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