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OFFICIAL: GET FLU SHOT NOW.

Byline: Daily News

A recent increase in flu cases in Los Angeles County prompted health officials Friday to broaden access to flu shots at county public health clinics.

Flu vaccines will now be offered to all persons 6 months of age and older who have no known medical reactions to the vaccine.

``Recently we have seen an increase in detection of the flu virus in Los Angeles County,'' Public Health Officer Dr. Jonathan E. Fielding said.

``The first outbreak of influenza A in the county was also recently confirmed in a skilled nursing facility, where about two dozen residents and staff facility became ill, though no one required hospitalization.''

Health officials said the flu season has just begun and there is still time for residents to be immunized.

``Receiving the flu shot is still the most effective way to prevent the flu and its complications,'' said Dr. Alvin Nelson El Amin, medical director of the immunization program.

Health officials are asking anyone seeking a flu shot to consult with their doctor. If the doctor does not have the vaccine, county residents can locate a nearby public health clinic by contacting the county Info Line at 211, or visiting www.lapublichealth.org/ip/flu/2005-2006/clinics/publichealth.pdf.
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