For Immediate Release
Press Contact: Zandra Lee, PIO, Public Health Division, (510) 981-5356

Free vaccines for seasonal flu to be available to the public

Berkeley, California (Wednesday, September 23, 2009) - The Bay Area’s climate can make it seem like an endless summer, but it’s flu season and time to get your seasonal flu vaccine.

Although the H1N1 flu virus (“swine flu”) is getting a lot of headlines, the community also needs to protect itself from seasonal flu. Every year, the flu sends 20,000 children to the hospital and is the cause of death for more than 4,000 Californians. Everyone should talk to their primary health care providers about getting the seasonal flu vaccine.

If you and your family cannot get vaccinated through your regular health care providers, the City of Berkeley Public Health Division can help.

“Last year, Public Health gave free vaccines to nearly 1,400 community members,” said Dr. Janet Berreman, acting Public Health Officer. “This year, we hope to reach even more. We are prepared to give as many as 2,000 doses of flu vaccine.”

WHAT: Free Seasonal Flu Clinic
WHEN: Tuesday October 6, 2009, 3 pm - 7 pm
WHERE: Berkeley Adult School, 1701 San Pablo Ave. (Seniors and those needing special assistance should enter on Curtis Street.)

The clinic will have standard seasonal flu shots available for anyone older than 6 months and nasal vaccine (FluMist) for all healthy people between the ages of 2 and 49 all at no cost. FluMist is a nasal vaccine, which is a great choice for many children— no needles!

The Center for Disease Control recommends that every child between the ages of 6 months and 18 years be vaccinated for the seasonal flu (except those with a serious egg allergy).

To speed up your visit, download an intake form from Print the form, fill it out and bring it with you. Forms will be available at the flu clinic as well.

Vaccines for H1N1 are not yet available and will not be provided at this clinic. For updates, visit or talk to your health care provider.

In addition to getting vaccinated this year everyone should remember to “WHACK” the flu:
          Wash your hands often
          Home is where you stay when you are sick
          Avoid touching your eyes, nose and mouth
          Cover your coughs and sneezes
          Keep your distance from sick people

This event is hosted by the City of Berkeley Public Health Division in partnership with the Berkeley Adult School/Berkeley Unified School District.