Ann Erdman is the Public Information Officer for the City of Pasadena, California.
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Thursday, October 30, 2008
Drive-through Flu Shots
Yep, that's me in the photo.
City of Pasadena employees work with the public every day, so it's important for us to get annual vaccinations to prevent us from contracting and/or spreading the flu to constituents and each other.
In the past, I always went up to Pasadena Public Health Department for my annual vaccination. This year, for the first time, they conducted a drive-through clinic at the City Yards for hundreds of employees.
We came through in personal cars..
...and some parked on Mountain Street and walked through.
Even a couple of Pasadena ARTS buses were deployed to transport groups of employees from City Hall to the Yards.
For most of us, it was a simple matter of driving through, showing our official city ID, filling out a short form and getting the shot, all without having to get out of our vehicles. Influenza strikes one in five people, causes 200,000 hospitalizations and 36,000 deaths annually in the U.S. Are you at risk? You are if you're among any of these groups:
* pregnant women * children from 6 months to 19 years old * adults 50 and older * anyone with a chronic medical condition * anyone who lives in a nursing home or long-term care facility * anyone who lives with or cares for someone at high risk for flu complications.
Call your health care provider to arrange for the vaccination, or plan on attending one of these clinics in November when Pasadena Public Health Department will offer low-cost vaccinations to the public.
Wednesday, Nov. 5 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Pasadena Senior Center 85 E. Holly St. 685-6724.
Wednesday, Nov. 12 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Villa-Parke Community Center 363 E. Villa St. 744-6530.
Wednesday, Nov. 19 10 a.m. to 2 p. m. Jackie Robinson Center 1020 N. Fair Oaks Ave. 744-7300.
Many thanks to Joy Guihama of Pasadena Public Health Department for the photos.