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Flu shots available starting Oct. 16, Nov. 6 in El Cerrito

With the flu season just around the corner, county health officials are encouraging residents 50 years of age or older, as well as those of any age who have a long-term health condition such as heart or lung disease, diabetes or asthma, to get themselves immunized against the flu.

Beginning October 16, Contra Costa Public Health is making flu shots available at senior centers and other locations throughout the county. The flu shots cost five dollars, although no one will be denied if they’re unable to pay.

“Each year around 20,000 people in the U.S. — most of them over 65 years old — die from the flu. A flu shot protects most people from the flu, and the best time to get a shot is in October or November,” says Dottie Langthorn of Contra Costa Public Health Communicable Disease Programs.

According to Langthorn, no vaccine is 100% effective. “However, if you get a flu shot but still get the flu, you are likely to be far less sick than you would have been without the protection,” she adds.

Langthorn says that people who are in good health should get a flu shot if they are concerned about staying healthy throughout the flu season. Persons with allergies to eggs or who are ill with fever should not get flu shots without consulting their doctors.

Flu shots are available at the following locations, dates and times: Danville Veterans Hall, 400 Hartz Ave, October 16, 9:30-10:30 AM; Martinez Senior Center, 818 Green St, Oct 16, 1:30-3 PM; Walnut Creek Heather Farms Center, 301 N Carlos Dr, Oct 17, 9-11 AM; Concord Senior Center, 2727 Parkside Dr, Oct 21, 9-11 AM; Brentwood Community Center, 730 Third St, Oct 21, 2-3:30 PM; Antioch Senior Center, 2nd and E St, Oct 24, 9:30-11 AM; Pittsburg Senior Center, 2120 Crestview Dr, Oct 24, 2-3 PM; San Pablo Senior Center, 1943 Church Ln, Oct 29, 9-10:30 AM; Pinole Senior Center, 2500 Charles Ave, Oct 29, 1-2:30 PM; Lafayette Senior Center, 500 St. Marys Rd, Nov 5, 9-10:30 AM; Pleasant Hill Community Center, Parkside Room, 320 Civic Dr, Nov 5, 1:30-3:30 PM; Richmond Senior Center, 2525 MacDonald Ave, Nov 6, 9:30-11 AM; and El Cerrito Community Center, 7007 Moeser Lane, Nov 6, 1:30-3 PM.

Pneumonia and tetanus/diphtheria immunizations are also available at these locations for $10 per shot. For more information, call (925) 313-6469 or go online to cchealth.org or ccpublichealth.org and click “Flu shots.”

Contra Costa Health Services
597 Center Avenue, Suite 115
Martinez CA 94553
925.313.6219 fax

Run dates: 2002-10-04 - 2002-11-06

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