FAIRFIELD — More than 1,000 Kaiser Permanente members received their flu shot Saturday at the Kaiser Permanente Fairfield Medical Offices.
Many stood in line and waited to feel the familiar sensation of receiving a shot.
“I get one (flu shot) every year,” said Fairfield resident Kathy Perry. “This is very convenient for me.”
Outside the medical offices, flu shots were administered to Kaiser Permanente members who were disabled or had trouble standing in line.
“My wife has a disability, so this is more convenient for us,” Chet Chapman said. “It’s just too hard for us to stand in line.”
“This is a little bit heavier (more participants) than last year, so far,” said Eddrick Osborne, who managed the flu clinic. “We had a combined total of 1,400 last year and we already have 1,000 with two hours to go.”
“We opened up outside (the drive-thru flu clinic) at 9 a.m., but we had people waiting at 7 a.m.,” Osborne added.
On average, 36,000 Americans die each year due to the flu, according to a Kaiser Permanente press release.
Symptoms often include fever, chills, muscle or body aches, headaches, coughing, sore throat, exhaustion and diarrhea.
Most flu-related deaths can be prevented by immunization, according to the same press release. Individuals are asked to wash their hands frequently with soap and water or with an alcohol-based hand sanitizer.
The flu shot clinic will be open for adults from 9 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. and 1:30 to 4:30 p.m. Monday through Friday through Dec. 20 in Internal Medicine on the second floor of the Kaiser Permanente medical offices.
For children, the flu clinic will be open the same days from 8:30 to 11:30 a.m. in the pediatrics department on the first floor.
Flu shots are only available to Kaiser Permanente members.
For more information, members can call 800-KP-FLU11 or visit kp.org/flu for clinic details.
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