Kristi Yamaguchi Kicks Off Flu Vaccinations in Sacramento

(November 3, 2010)

sacramento-bee

November 3, 2010


Olympic gold medalist Kristi Yamaguchi will be at a flu vaccination clinic Nov. 10 in downtown Sacramento to help kick off a statewide vaccination campaign.

The former "Dancing with the Stars" winner and mother of two is again partnering with the American Lung Association in California for its "Faces of Influenza" program, which promotes annual influenza vaccinations for everyone 6 months and older, according to a news release from the lung association.

Yamaguchi, along with fellow spokesman Dr. Dean Blumberg, who specializes in pediatric infectious diseases, will be at a flu vaccination clinic from 3:30 to 6:30 p.m. at the Boys and Girls Club of Greater Sacramento, Raley Branch, 1117 G St., Sacramento.

The clinic is open to the Boys and Girls club members and the first 100 vaccinations will be provided for free. Low-cost vaccinations also will be provided for parents and guardians of children affiliated with the Boys and Girls Club, a spokesman said.

Flu and its related complications result in an estimated 226,000 hospitalizations and 36,000 deaths each year, the association reports on its website.

Children experience the highest rates of infection each year. More than 340 children died from flu-related complications from April 2009 through May 2010.

To find a local flu vaccination clinic near you, go to http://www.lung.org/lung-disease/influenza/flu-vaccine-finder/

A senior and community flu clinic also will be held from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. today, Nov. 4, at Rusch Park Community Center, 7801 Auburn Blvd., Citrus Heights and from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Nov. 18 at Pannell Community Center, 2450 Meadowview Road., Sacramento. Today's clinic is offered by Health Tech Mobile Services, while the latter is sponsored by Sacramento County Department of Public Health.

A neighborhood-based clinic offering flu shots or intranasal spray for a requested $10 donation will be held from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Nov. 19 at the Robertson Community Center, 3525 Norwood Ave., Sacramento, county public health spokeswoman Laurie Slothower said in an e-mail to The Bee.