Valencia – College of the Canyons will be hosting its fifth annual Flu Clinic this coming Friday, October 29, 2010 from 10am until 2pm. The community of Santa Clarita as well as the L.A. County Department of Public Health and L.A. Sheriff’s and Fire department are associated with conducting the event.
The clinic will provide a convenient walk-through model of administering the vaccine in the West Physical Education building at College of the Canyons. The immunizations will be provided free of charge to the public for anyone over the age of 6 months old. The purpose of the clinic is to prevent a possible community pandemic associated with the Flu.
In the event of a public health emergency, locals were exposed to an agent that impacted the entire region, the participating members of this clinic would be prepared to run 24 hour point of dipensing sites, known as PODS, for the 275,000 people living in Santa Clarita. John McElwain, VP of Communications at College of the Canyons, has been involved with the clinic since 2006. “We are interested in providing a public service to this community and training people to help out each year.”
Over 2000 shots for the seasonal Flu will be available to the public, as well as 400 shots for Whooping Cough (Pertussis) and 400 shots for Penumonia. Volunteers and nurses are carefully trainied to conduct proper screening methods for individuals who may be considered high risk or have special accomodations.
Amidst other local clinic availablity, College of the Canyons and the City of Santa Clarita deems it necessary to continue providing Flu shots every year.