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Antelope Valley Hospital Holding Community Drive-Thru Flu Shots

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(LANCASTER, Calif.) — On Thursday, Nov. 19, Antelope Valley Hospital (AVH) will be giving away 400 flu shots during its “Community Drive-Thru Flu Shot” clinic. The clinic opens at 9 a.m. and will continue until 2 p.m. or earlier if all 400 doses have been delivered. The drive-thru location will be alongside the Antelope Valley Outpatient Imaging Center at 44105 15th Street West in Lancaster. Participants are asked to enter from 15th Street West and follow the signs directing them to the flu station.

The flu clinic is free and open to the public. AVH’s flu vaccines are available to those 18 years and older. Those who should talk to their doctor before getting a flu shot, include anyone who:

  • Has an allergy to eggs or any of the ingredients in the vaccine.
  • Has had Guillain-Barre Syndrome.
  • Is currently not feeling well.

It’s important to get vaccinated early in the season as it takes at least two weeks for the immunity to build up.

“People often don’t realize how serious the flu can be,” said AVH Infection Prevention Manager Joan Cordova, RN, MSN. “Not only can it be a life-threatening illness, it also can have a huge impact on people’s lives as it can force them to miss work and even end up in the hospital.”

According to the Centers for Disease Control, 5% to 20% of the U.S. population gets the flu each year. Flu-related complications lead to 226,000 hospitalizations and thousands of deaths each year. Earlier this month the California Department of Public Health announced the first flu-related death in California.

About Antelope Valley Hospital

Celebrating 60 years of caring for the community, Antelope Valley Hospital is located in the city of Lancaster in northern Los Angeles County. The 420-bed district hospital is a Level II trauma center and provides a full array of medical/surgical services, pediatric treatment, NICU, mental health, cancer care and more. More information is available at www.avhospital.org or by calling 661-949-5000.