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FLU VACCINATIONS TO BE CONVENIENT.

Byline: CONNIE LLANOS Staff Writer

SANTA CLARITA -- Residents will be lining up today for pinches as local companies kick off flu clinics in the Santa Clarita.

Influenza kills about 36,000 people every year, and with vaccine supplies promising to be at their all-time high, companies and health institutions are providing flu-vaccination services at convenient locations to help people heed medical recommendations.

Beginning at 8 a.m., senior citizens will be lining up at the Bouquet Senior Apartment Complex to receive their free flu shots in the first of three vaccine clinics being offered by Henry Mayo Newhall Memorial Hospital.

``I can't even tell you how excited we are,'' said Rita Siegel, site manager for the senior center.

Siegel said this year, due to increased demand, the center will be offering the shots on a first-come, first-served basis, but will try to show priority for those over age 60, for children 6 months to 5 years old and for people with health conditions that make them at risk for mortality from influenza.

At the Valencia Town Center, flu shots at $25 each and pneumonia vaccinations at $40 each will be available between noon and 4 p.m.

Despite increased awareness about potentially severe consequences from influenza, recent studies show many Americans will opt for no flu vaccine.

The National Foundation for Infectious Diseases released a study this month indicating that about half of all Americans will not get the flu vaccine this year.

The study also revealed that the percentage of seniors above age 65 who got the flu vaccine dropped from 68 percent in 2004 to 63 percent in 2005.

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