H1N1 Vaccination Clinics Scheduled

The Long Beach Unified School District will host two clinics next week where students can receive free H1N1 (swine flu) vaccines.

The first clinic is scheduled for 3 to 7 p.m. Wednesday, Nov. 4 at Cabrillo High School, 2001 Santa Fe Ave., Long Beach.

The second clinic is scheduled for 3 to 7 p.m. Thursday, Nov. 5 at Jordan High School, 6500 Atlantic Ave., Long Beach.

These clinics will serve children ages 3 to 18.  This initial round of vaccinations is in limited supply.  The school district anticipates additional shipments in the coming weeks.  LBUSD plans to offer more clinics.

Parents and guardians of children who have asthma, diabetes, and other medical conditions that put youngsters at greater risk of flu complications are encouraged by health officials to consider taking advantage of this first round of clinics.  Parents and guardians must accompany their children and sign consent forms in person.

On Saturday, Nov. 7, the Long Beach Department of Health and Human Services will host a separate community clinic at the Long Beach Convention Center.  Children and adults alike may be vaccinated at this clinic, which will be open to the general public. However, again, the supply of vaccines will be limited.

The school district is neither requiring nor recommending vaccination for students.  LBUSD is only hosting clinics for parents’ convenience.  Anyone with questions about the vaccine should speak with their doctor.

For more information about the H1N1 virus, visit www.longbeach.gov/health or call the State of California H1N1 Flu Hotline (English and Spanish) at 1-888-865-0564.  The hotline is available from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m., seven days a week.