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Swine flu vaccination clinics start today for uninsured, at-risk

October 23, 2009 |  8:45 am

Pregnant women, parents with children and others have been lining up since early this morning to receive free H1N1 flu vaccinations in Encino and Culver City, the first public health clinics in Los Angeles County since the vaccine became available.

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Starting at 9 a.m., public health staffers will immunize uninsured people who face the greatest risks from infection of the so-called swine flu – pregnant women, those from 6 months to 24 years old, and adults between the ages of 25 and 64 who have chronic health problems. Because infants younger than 6 months cannot be vaccinated for the swine flu, parents and caregivers are also urged to get immunized.

The clinics are occurring as cases of swine flu are surging in the state, and shipments of vaccine have been slow to arrive, frustrating physicians and others.

The clinics are taking place today from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. at the Balboa Sports Complex, 17015 Burbank Blvd. in Encino; and from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. at Veterans Memorial Auditorium, 4117 Overland Ave. in Culver City. Additional clinics are scheduled over the weekend and in coming weeks. To see a list of upcoming clinics, click here.

-- Seema Mehta

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