Free flu shots at drive-thru clinic

December 5, 2008 12:51:16 PM PST
Free flu vaccinations are being provided Saturday when Contra Costa County hosts its first ever drive-thru clinic in Richmond.

The clinic, which will be held from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. at Hilltop Mall at 2200 Hilltop Mall Rd., will also serve as a drill for Contra Costa Health Services and other county and city agencies to practice alternative methods of dispending medication during a health emergency.

County officials are advising that everyone older than 6 months old should receive the vaccine. The flu kills about 36,000 people annually in the U.S., according to county officials.

A nasal spray is being offered as an alternative for people who don't like getting shots, and are between the ages of 2 and 49 years old and are not pregnant.

People with egg allergies should not get the vaccine because it contains egg products.

For more information about seasonal flu or the drive-thru clinic, visit www.cchealth.org.


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