FAIRFIELD — Flu shots were available at Fairfield Church of Christ Saturday and there were few takers.
“I want to get it done from my doctor,” said James Marc Jr., an 8-year-old Fairfield resident who was apprehensive about getting the vaccine at the church.
James, aka J.J., and his family were attending the church’s health fair where Walgreens staff and Touro University students were offering free flu shots at one of the many booths.
“The first time I went to get my flu shot, I was screaming and crying,” said James. “My mom and my friend . . . had to hold me.”
James’ father, however, went under the needle Saturday.
“This is the first flu shot I ever had,” said James Marc Sr. ”. . . I don’t really get sick that much . . . doing it as a precaution,” he said.
Touro University students were supporting Walgreens in its effort to administer as many flu shots as possible before Oct. 14, said Vincis Casugas, pharmacy manager at Walgreens in Vacaville. Every flu shot that Walgreens administers is matched by the company and donated to people in underdeveloped and Third World countries, said Rob Silva, store manager.
The Walgreens group was prepared to treat 200 people at Saturday’s event, but only gave about 10 flu shots, Silva said.
It was the church’s first health fair, and turnout was slim.
“We were expecting more people, but we’re not discouraged at all,” said Diana Perry, of Fairfield Church of Christ. She said this could become a semi-annual event.
Perry and her leadership group helped organize the health fair, which included representatives from Sutter Health, the Solano County Health and Social Services Department and the American Cancer Society. Nutrition experts offered tips and free produce from FoodMaxx, nurses from the church conducted blood pressure screenings and an attorney with Legal Services of Northern California provided his expertise.
“A lot of people in the community don’t have health benefits,” she said. “This directs them to something that will be helpful for them,” she said.
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