Free vaccine event to kick off two-month effort by city to combat the flu

A two-month long campaign by the City of Long Beach to help its residents stave off the flu virus this year will kick off Thursday, Oct. 3, at the health department in East Long Beach where free vaccinations will be administered.

The city’s Department of Health and Human Services will host 14 such free flu-shot clinics between Oct. 3 and Dec. 5 where residents can get this year’s flu vaccination for free without an appointment. Thursday’s event, which will run from 2 to 7 p.m., will even offer drive-up service for those who don’t want to get out of their vehicles to receive the vaccination.

The drive-thru option will be limited to those 12 and older. Similar clinics will be hosted around the city over the next two months including three events at Cal State Long Beach and a second event at the health department to close out the campaign on Dec. 5.

The health department recommends that all residents over 6 months of age get the flu vaccine every year. While typically non-lethal, Long Beach health officials did report two deaths during last year’s flu season.

The health department also outlined in its release other healthy habits that people can practice to prevent the spread of germs like saying home from school or work if you’re feeling sick, washing hands and using hand sanitizer frequently and avoiding touching your eyes, nose and mouth.

A full list of the upcoming free vaccination clinics can be accessed on the city’s website as well as in the list below.

  • Thursday, Oct. 3, 2 p.m. to 7 p.m., Health Department (2525 Grand Ave.)
  • Monday, Oct. 7, 9 a.m. to noon, Scherer Park (4600 Long Beach Blvd.)
  • Thursday, Oct. 10, 9 a.m. to noon, Long Beach Senior Center (1150 E. Fourth St.)
  • Friday, Oct. 11, 10 a.m. to 2 p.m., El Dorado Teen Center (2800 N. Studebaker Rd.)
  • Monday, Oct. 14, 9 a.m. to noon, Bixby Park (130 Cherry Ave.)
  • Tuesday, Oct. 15, 10 a.m. to 2 p.m., McBride Park (1550 Martin Luther King, Jr. Ave.)
  • Thursday, Oct. 17, noon to 4 p.m., Ramona Park (3301 E. 65th St.)
  • Monday, Oct. 21, 1 p.m. to 5 p.m., California State University, Long Beach, next to campus bookstore (1250 Bellflower Blvd.)
  • Wednesday, Oct. 23, 10 a.m. to 2 p.m., MacArthur Park (1321 Anaheim St.)
  • Tuesday, Oct. 29, 10 a.m. to 3 p.m., California State University, Long Beach, next to campus bookstore (1250 Bellflower Blvd.)
  • Thursday, Nov. 7, 10 a.m. to 3 p.m., California State University, Long Beach, next to campus bookstore (1250 Bellflower Blvd.)
  • Friday, Nov. 8, 9 a.m. to noon, Veterans Park (101 E. 28th St.)
  • Monday, Nov. 11, 9 a.m. to noon, Drake Park (951 Maine Ave.)
  • Thursday, Dec. 5, 2 p.m. to 7 p.m., Health Department (2525 Grand Ave.)

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Jason Ruiz covers City Hall and politics for the Long Beach Post.
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