Thursday, October 1, 2009

Free! Flu clinic to be held in Berkeley on Tuesday

This report is taken from the Oakland Tribune and written by Kristin Bender

BERKELEY — Berkeley's Public Health Department is holding a free seasonal flu clinic Tuesday.
The clinic will have standard seasonal flu shots available for anyone 6 months and older and the FluMist nasal vaccine available for all healthy people between ages 2 and 49.
Every year, the flu sends 20,000 children to the hospital and is the cause of death for more than 4,000 Californians, statistics show. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention recommend that every child between ages 6 months and 18 years be vaccinated for the seasonal flu, except those with a serious egg allergy.
Last year, the Berkeley Public Health Department gave free vaccines to nearly 1,400 community members, said acting Public Health Officer Dr. Janet Berreman. The department will be prepared to give at least 2,000 vaccines this season.
The clinic is from 3 to 7 p.m. Tuesday at the Berkeley Adult School, 1701 San Pablo Ave. Seniors who need special assistance should enter on Curtis Street. For more information, call 510-981-5300.
To speed up your visit, download an intake form from Print the form,fill it out and bring it with you. Forms also will be available at the flu clinic.
Vaccines for the H1N1 virus are not yet available and will not be provided at this clinic.

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