LANCASTER – For the second year in a row, the County of Los Angeles Public Library and Dept. of Public Health Services are collaborating to host flu vaccination clinics at various County Public Libraries. Vaccinations will be provided by nurses from the County of Los Angeles Dept. of Public Health.
No insurance is required. Vaccinations will be administered either through the influenza shot or nasal spray to anyone six months of age or older. Minors will need to be accompanied by a parent or guardian to receive immunizations. More information about the flu vaccinations can be found at http://www.colapublib.org/flushot/.
Upcoming local flu vaccination clinic dates and times are as follows:
Sat., Nov. 14, from Noon to 4:30 p.m.
27971 Sloan Canyon Rd.
Castaic, CA 91384
Fri., Nov. 20, from 9:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.
601 W. Lancaster Blvd.,
Lancaster, CA 93534
For the complete list of locations for flu vaccination clinics, visit http://www.colapublib.org/flushot/.
About flu vaccination clinics at county public libraries
About 10 to 20 percent of Americans become ill with the flu each year. In Los Angeles County, during the 2014-15 flu season, approximately 43 deaths were attributed to the flu – a marked decrease from the 101 deaths caused by the flu in the 2013-14 flu season. Pregnant women, children, adults 50 years of age and older, and immunocompromised individuals are especially susceptible. The best way to prevent the flu is to get vaccinated, according to county health officials.
Evidence has shown that structural level interventions – like expanding access at trusted community-based sites such as libraries – increase flu vaccination uptake among these populations.
Last year, 12 County Public Libraries participated and more than1,300 people received vaccinations – garnering the County of Los Angeles official “Achievement Award” recognition from the National Association of Counties.
This year, the program has been expanded to include 15 participating County Public Libraries.
[Information via news release from the county of Los Angeles.]