Gripe del Cerdo: Free Flu and HN1 Vaccinations


People stand in line at a polio immunization station Columbus, Ga., in 1961.     Photo source: U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention
People stand in line at a polio immunization station Columbus, Ga., in 1961. Photo source: U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention

Councilman Tony Cardenas is sponsoring and organizing his annual Community Health and Safety Fair on October 24th at the beautiful Japanese Garden at 6100 Woodley Ave, Van Nuys. The outdoor park has 6.5 acres of strolling paths . Cardenas’ office is bringing together dozens of organizations including city, county, and state departments to provide free flu shots and health screenings. Vaccinations will be made available while supplies last. In addition, free HN1 (Swine Flu) vaccinations will be on hand if county officials have them available at that time.

With more than 200,000 people hospitalized annually due to flu complications and with rising concerns of HN1 (Swine Flu), Cardenas is urging seniors, the most vulnerable to the virus, to get vaccinated early. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), about 36,000 individuals die from the flu each year in the United States.

Over 500 seniors, veterans and children are being bussed to the event by Cardenas. Vaccinations will be provided by the Los Angeles County Public Health Department and many health care organizations will provide free information and health screenings including Diabetes and bone density tests. Veterans will also receive information on how their health benefits can be more accessible.

Taiko drummers, an authentic Japanese tea house, and decorative booths will be the backdrop to the event. Free prizes will be raffled. The whole event is at no cost and lunch will be provided while supplies last. For more information call Cardenas’ office at 818-778-4999.

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