Fremont's Washington Hospital holds 2-day flu clinic

No panic or long lines at a two-day flu clinic in Fremont Thursday, only a steady stream of people coming in to get their flu shots.
January 16, 2014 5:31:05 PM PST
So far, the flu has killed 21 people in the Bay Area. Health officials say the best defense is to get vaccinated.

No panic or long lines at a two-day flu clinic in Fremont, only a steady stream of people coming in to get their flu shots. It's a preventative measure of course, but it's highly recommended. The clinic goes until 5:30 p.m. Thursday and continues Friday. Officials say there's plenty of vaccine to go around.

It's not always pretty, but Bay Area health officials say getting a flu shot is absolute the right thing to do.

Newark resident Alicia Miranda brought her two young daughters Mia and Lila for their flu shots. It's something they do every year.

"They've had it every year since they were babies," Alicia said. "I'm a teacher and they're in school so we're around germs all the time. So, it's better to be protected."

When asked what the shot will protect against, Mia said, "From the flu so you don't get sick that much."

And to describe how it felt, Lila answered, "Um, when you look away it feels better."

Dr. Dianne Martin, an infectious disease specialist, says they're seeing a broader cross-section of people with the flu this season.

"We still see the very young and the very old being affected but now it's our middle-aged working population," Dr. Martin said. "The moms and commuters and things are getting the flu this year."

The $10 flu clinic continues at Washington Hospital on Friday. So far, there are no concerns about supply.

For details on the two-day clinic, click here.


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