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.. vehicles...


...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.

Wednesday, Nov. 12
10 a.m. to 2 p.m.
Villa-Parke Community Center
363 E. Villa St.

Wednesday, Nov. 19
10 a.m. to 2 p. m.
Jackie Robinson Center
1020 N. Fair Oaks Ave.

Many thanks to Joy Guihama of Pasadena Public Health Department for the photos.


Cafe Observer said...
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Cafe Observer said...

Your mouth is open in your pic. I can only guess you're yelling out, "Ouuucchh!"

Angel Bec said...

This was a great thing that the City did. It didn't even hurt!

altadenahiker said...

CO, I thought you Germans had more fortitude. I like the ad hoc vaccination clinics. Much better than waiting in a doctor's office.

Petrea said...

What a great post! It almost looks like fun.

Anonymous said...

Hey Anne,
Don't you look brave!!. I think they are also doing the shots at the Pasadena Central Library November 2 and If I'm not mistaken (it's for free). Also, if your a student at PCC you can get them cheap.

Cafe Observer said...

Karin, aka AH etc: well, at least I have more fortitude than some Norwegians I know.