The city kicked off a major flu vaccination drive on Thursday with a media event and initial inoculations in a bid to prevent a “twindemic,” as new COVID-19 cases are still reported daily in Pasadena.
Over 400 community members were scheduled to receive their flu shot at a temporary vaccine clinic set up in the Victory Park Main Parking Lot, at 2575 Paloma Street. The event was hosted by the Pasadena Public Health Department (PPHD) and the Huntington Hospital.
During the event, Pasadena Public Health Department Director Dr. Ying-Ying Goh joined other health care workers in administering the flu shots to residents six months and older.
Earlier, City spokesperson Lisa Derderian urged the public to get themselves vaccinated against flu as she noted that flu continues to be a threat to the community. Derderian said flu has the potential to cause severe illness, especially among vulnerable populations.
“As the local economy opens up again, getting a flu shot is an important step to protect yourself and those you care about,” Derderian said.
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) recommends that individuals get vaccinated against flu ideally no later than the end of October.
The CDC estimates that influenza has resulted in between 9 million and 45 million illnesses, between 140,000 and 810,000 hospitalizations, and between 12,000 and 61,000 deaths annually since 2010.
Pasadena’s temporary vaccine clinic at Victory Park was the first of the many clinics that will be set up in the city for the vaccination drive.
Flu shots will be limited and will be administered on a first-come first served basis. Those who are experiencing COVID-19 symptoms are advised not to go to the vaccination site and instead get their flu shot at a clinic after they have recovered.
At additional upcoming clinics, aside from flu vaccines, the PPHD will also offer COVID-19 vaccines (Pfizer, Moderna and Johnson & Johnson) for ages 12 and above.
Currently, vaccination clinics are scheduled for:
La Pintoresca Library (1355 N. Raymond Ave.) – Monday, October 4 from 2 p.m. – 4:30 p.m.
Lamanda Park Library (140 S. Altadena Dr.) – Thursday, October 7 from 2 p.m. – 4:30 p.m.
Rose Bowl Flea Market (1001 Rose Bowl Dr.) – Sunday, October 10 from 7 a.m. – 11 a.m.
Robinson Park Recreation Center (1081 N. Fair Oaks Ave.) – Wednesday, October 13 from 9 a.m. – 11 a.m.
Linda Vista Library (1281 Bryant St.) – Thursday, October 14 from 2 p.m. – 4:30 p.m.
San Rafael Library (1240 Nithsdale Rd.) – Monday, October 18 from 2 p.m. – 4:30 p.m.
Villa Parke Community Center (363 E. Villa St.) – Tuesday, October 19 from 10 a.m. – 12 p.m.
Santa Catalina Library (999 E. Washington Blvd.) – Thursday, October 21 from 2 p.m. – 4:30 p.m.
Hill Avenue Library (55 S. Hill Ave.) – Monday, October 25 from 2 p.m. – 4:30 p.m.
Allendale Library (1130 S. Marengo Ave.) – Wednesday, October 27 from 2 p.m. – 4:30 p.m.
Pasadena Senior Center (85 E. Holly St.) – Wednesday, November 3 from 10 a.m. – 2 p.m. Pre-registration required, please call (626) 795-4331 to do so.
For more details about flu vaccine clinics, call Citizen Service Center at (626) 744-7311.