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Clinic to be held on Nov. 13th at La Palma Intercommunity Hospital.

La Palma, October 1, 2015 – With great attention being focused on the health of our community during this year’s flu season, La Palma Intercommunity Hospital will be administering free flu vaccinations. This year the clinic will be held in the evening on Friday, November 13th from 4:00 p.m. to 6:00 p.m. in the hospital classroom located near the front lobby. Peak flu season has not yet arrived and it is not too late to vaccinate.

The clinic is free and open to the public. Vaccines will be distributed on a first come, first service basis. Recipients must be 18 years old and over and in good health. In conjunction with the free flu vaccinations, other complimentary screenings will be available. The nursing staff will be providing blood pressure checks, height & weight measurements, blood sugar testing, and screenings of the blood flow in lower extremities. The flu vaccinations will be provided by the Orange County Health Care Agency, in a partnered attempt to vaccinate as many Orange County residents as possible.

The best way to prevent the flu is by getting vaccinated. Anyone who has not already received the flu vaccination should get it now before flu season peaks. Influenza is a seasonal contagious respiratory illness caused by influenza viruses.  Flu symptoms may include fever, cough, sore throat, runny or stuffy nose, headaches, body aches, chills, and fatigue.  Flu illness can be severe, leading to missed school or work, hospitalization, and even death. The flu virus is mainly spread through droplets from coughs and sneezes.  Remember these important everyday steps to help stop the spread of germs:

• Cover your cough or sneeze with a tissue (or sleeve if you are caught by surprise)

• Wash your hands often with soap and warm water (or alcohol-based hand sanitizer if not available)

• Stay home if you are sick (at least 24 hours after your fever is gone without the use of fever-reducing medications)

Any questions or concerns about the free flu and screening clinic can be directed to Lilian Ablir at [email protected] or (714) 670-6286.

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