Orange County begins free swine, seasonal flu shot clinics

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Orange County hosts its first free swine flu vaccine clinic this weekend. But it’s kicking off the flu season with free seasonal vaccine clinics first.

The seasonal flu vaccination clinics will be at Santa Ana College in Santa Ana, the Crystal Cathedral in Garden Grove, and Cox Communications in Rancho Santa Margarita from 11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. tomorrow.

Each location will have at least 1,300 doses of seasonal flu vaccine. You can walk in or drive through to get your shot.

Officials say for them, it’s an emergency preparedness drill, to see if they can vaccinate a lot of people in a short amount of time.

They'll follow up the season flu clinics with H1N1 FluMist clinics Saturday from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. at Santa Ana College and Irvine Valley College. That vaccine will only be available for kids between the ages of 2 and 9 and adults under the age of 49 who care for babies less than 6 months old.

Children must get the swine flu vaccine twice. That’s why health officials want to get the started now. Officials expect to have several thousand doses of the swine flu vaccine available at the clinics.

Each year, seasonal flu claims about 36,000 lives in the U.S. It sends another 200,000 people to the hospital. Health officials say that’s why the seasonal flu vaccine is so important.

Orange County free seasonal flu vaccine clinics
(No H1N1 vaccine available at these)

Friday, October 30, 2009
11:30 a.m. - 1:30 p.m.

Cox Communications
29947 Avenue de Las Banderas
Rancho Santa Margarita, CA 92688

Crystal Cathedral
13280 Chapman Avenue
Garden Grove, CA 92840

Santa Ana College
1530 W 17th Street
Santa Ana, CA 92706

Orange County free children's H1N1 flu vaccine clinics
(Only children from 2 to 9 years old and adults age 49 and under who care for children under 6 months old)

Saturday, October 31, 2009
10 a.m. - 2 p.m.

Irvine Valley College
Building A300, Room 307
5500 Irvine Center Drive
Irvine, CA 92681

Santa Ana College
Building "U" in the Johnson Center
1530 W 17th Street
Santa Ana, CA 92706

Saturday, November 7, 2009
10 a.m. - 2 p.m.

Location not yet announced