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September 26, 2013 (San Diego)-- County and local health officials will kick off the 2013 flu vaccination season and encourage everyone to get immunized. The San Diego Black Nurses Association will be offering 400 flu shots to adults 18 years or older for free on Friday, September 27 from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. at Martin Luther King, Jr. Recreation Center, 6401 Skyline Drive in San Diego.

Last season, 65 San Diegans died due to complications from influenza, the highest number of flu deaths on record.

Getting vaccinated is the single most important action people can take to protect themselves from the flu, according to County health officials. The flu vaccine is already available at doctors’ offices and retail pharmacies. People with no medical insurance can get a flu shot at a County public health center.

Other precautions people should take include washing their hands thoroughly and often; using hand sanitizers; staying home when ill; avoiding touching their eyes, nose, and mouth; and routinely cleaning commonly touched surfaces.

For more information about influenza, visit or call 2-1-1 San Diego.

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