On Thursday, Nov. 2, free flu vaccines and hepatitis A vaccines will be offered at the Malibu Public Library from 10 a.m. to noon. The vaccines are free to anyone who does not have health insurance or whose health care provider does not offer flu vaccines.
According to the LA County Department of Public Health, flu vaccines are recommended for everyone six months and older, especially anyone who is pregnant or just had a baby, the morbidly obese, healthcare workers, residents of a nursing or other long-term care home, those with weakened immune systems or chronic health problems, or caregivers for kids, older adults or sick people.
The hepatitis A vaccine is particularly recommended for members of the homeless community, since there has been a recent outbreak of the disease among the homeless in San Diego County, resulting in 16 deaths and 421 hospitalizations. LA County wants to prevent the same thing from happening here.
People with severe egg allergies or who are sick the day of the clinic should check with their doctor before getting vaccinated.
For additional information, call 211 (LA County Information Line) or visit publichealth.lacounty.gov/ip for a list of no cost or low-cost vaccine providers.
The Malibu Library is located at 23519 W. Civic Center Way, Malibu. Clinic times and dates can sometimes change, so the county recommends calling 323.568.8763 to confirm before you go.