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Free Seasonal Flu Shots to be Available at County Community Services Center

(Santa Ana) Supervisor Janet Nguyen is partnering with the Orange County Health Care Agency’s Public Health Community Nursing Program, Westminster Mayor Margie Rice and Garden Grove Councilman Andrew Do to offer free flu shots at the County Community Services Center on Friday, October 16, 2009.

The shots will be available to the first 400 people who arrive between the hours of 10 a.m. and 3 p.m. and will be administered by a public health nurse. All those wishing to receive a flu shot must be at least 8 years of age and in good health (no colds or fevers). Flu shots suitable for pregnant women will not be available at this event.

“The flu season is here and can be dangerous for children and the elderly,” said Supervisor Janet Nguyen, Vice Chair of the Orange County Board of Supervisors. “We are pleased to be able to offer these free vaccines to the public so that people can be better prepared for the upcoming flu season.”

The County Community Services Center is located at: 15460 Magnolia Street Westminster, CA 92683 (714) 889-4105

While commonly referred to as the flu, the technical name for these virus borne illnesses is influenza. Influenza can cause serious illness and even death, especially in young children, pregnant women, the elderly, and persons of any age who have medical conditions that place them at increased risk. Influenza illness causes tens of thousands of hospitalizations and thousands of deaths in California each year.

For updates on seasonal and H1N1 influenza, please refer to the Orange County Health Care Agency or the California Department of Public Health.

To prevent the spread of influenza, it is essential to use good hygiene. Wash hands frequently with soap and water or an alcohol-based hand cleaner, cover your mouth and nose with a tissue when you cough or sneeze, or cough into your upper arm; put used tissues in a wastebasket; and wash your hands after coughing or sneezing, and stay at home if you are sick.

Supervisor Janet Nguyen represents the First District on the Orange County Board of Supervisors as Vice Chair. She also serves as Chair of the OCTA’s Transit Committee. She represents more than 600,000 people, covering the cities of Garden Grove, Santa Ana, Westminster and the unincorporated community of Midway City. Orange County ranks sixth in the nation as the most populous county and has the nation’s seventh highest annual budget.

Contact: Kathryn Feather 714.834.3110