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FLU SEASON KICKS OFF WITH FREE FLU VACCINE

On Friday, Sept. 28, the San Diego Black Nurses Association (SDBNA) and partner organizations kicked off the flu season with a free flu vaccination clinic.

Partners included the San Diego Immunization Coalition, AARP and the County of San Diego Health and Human Services Agency (HHSA).

The best way to prevent flu is to get flu vaccine, and that’s what the event was all about. The 8th annual event, held at the Martin Luther King Recreation Center on Skyline Drive in San Diego, featured free flu vaccine for adults (18 and older). Local residents and others came to get flu vaccine protection and also had their vaccinations recorded in the San Diego Immunization Registry’s secure online database.

A press conference during the event featured Syvera Hardy of SDBNA, Mark Sawyer, MD, of UCSD and Children’s Hospital, and County Board of Supervisors Vice-Chairman Greg Cox. County HHSA Child Health Medical Officer Dean Sidelinger, MD, spoke to the media at the flu vaccination clinic.

The event was, as usual, covered by many local media outlets, including KFMB-TV, Univision and KPBS-TV. Flu statistics released at the press conference noted that the highest number of flu-related deaths came in the 2009-2010 flu season, during the 2009 H1N1 flu pandemic. A total of 58 people died in the County during that time.

There is plenty of flu vaccine available throughout San Diego County. Doctors’ offices, retail pharmacies and many other locations. County Public Health Centers offer flu vaccine for children and adults without medical insurance. For flu vaccination clinic locations, please visit www.sdiz.org, or call 2-1-1.

 
 
The nasal flu vaccine is recommended for healthy people
between 2 and 49 years of age.


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