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California Briefing / L.a. County

Free flu vaccines set for uninsured

October 14, 2009|Molly Hennessy-Fiske

Los Angeles County residents without health insurance or a personal doctor will be eligible for free H1N1 flu vaccines at county-sponsored clinics starting next Friday.

The county's first shipment of H1N1 nasal spray vaccines arrived last week, and public health officials said they expect to receive further supplies every two weeks until at least December. The federal government is buying and distributing the vaccines to states in proportion to their populations.

The county-sponsored clinics will be held at area parks, churches, schools and community centers, and will offer both H1N1 FluMist nasal spray and vaccines (including preservative-free versions) for adults and children, said Dr. Jonathan E. Fielding, the county's director of public health. Residents can request which form of the vaccine they want and will be vaccinated on a first-come, first-served basis, county staff said.

-- Molly Hennessy-Fiske

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