LOS ANGELES (AP) — Health officials say all Californians older than 6 months should get the flu vaccine this year, broadening recommendations from previous years.

State epidemiologist Dr. Gil Chavez says this year’s influenza vaccine, Trivalent, will protect against the H1N1 virus, and two other strains of the virus.

In the past, flu vaccines were encouraged for immune-compromised populations, like the elderly.

The state is now experiencing sporadic flu activity, which is expected to increase in fall and winter.

Statewide, 1.8 million free vaccinations will be given through the Vaccines for Children program, and another 800,000 free doses are being distributed to local health departments.

The Los Angeles County’s Department of Public Health says this year’s flu shot will cover three different strains, including the H1N1 virus. Learn more about the flu, symptoms and treatment at Flu.gov. Flu shots are available for a fee at several retailers, including Costco, Albertsons, Walgreens and CVS.

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Comments (2)
  1. SYLVIA ORONA says:

    i have NO insurance and i need to get a flu shot. Where can i get one for free?

    1. Ashley says:

      if you live in Riverside County, Family Care Centers are offering free flu shots.
      Here are the locations:

      – 3065 W. Ramsey St., Banning

      – 505 S. Buena Vista Ave., Suite 101, Corona

      – 880 N. State St., Hemet

      – 47-923 Oasis St., Indio

      – 9415 Mission Blvd., Jurupa

      – 2499 E. Lakeshore Drive, Lake Elsinore

      – 1515 N. Sunrise Way, Palm Springs

      – 308 E. San Jacinto Ave., Perris

      – 9415 Mission Blvd., Riverside

      – 5256 Mission Blvd., Rubidoux
      This was on the la CBS news, October 4, 2010

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