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COC hosts fight against flu

Health: Agencies team up to provide free clinic on Valencia campus

Posted: October 30, 2010 4:30 a.m.
Updated: October 30, 2010 4:30 a.m.

Nurse Bethany Lorca attaches a wristband to a patient, which indicates he is cleared to receive a flu vaccine Friday at a free clinic at College of the Canyons’ Valencia campus.

 

More than 1,000 local residents flocked to College of the Canyons on Friday to get their shots in time for this year’s flu season.

The free clinic was organized by the community college, the city and numerous county agencies, with nearly 2,000 shots available.

The flu clinic has been held for five years.

During the four-hour event, flu vaccines were administered to 1,015 people. Of those, 278 were of the nasal variety and 13 were pediatric vaccinations.

A number of tetanus, toxoid-diptheria-accellular pertussis or Tdap, and pneumonia shots were also distributed during the event, bringing the total number of shots administered to 1,518. Tdap is the vaccination for the condition more commonly known as whooping cough.

Organizers this year changed the clinic so that residents would have to walk up to get their shots.

Previously, residents were able to drive through stations in the COC parking lot where nurses administered shots as people sat in their cars.

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