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Cedars-Sinai Offering Free Flu Shot Clinics

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Cedars-Sinai Offering Free Flu Shot Clinics

BEVERLY GROVE — October may mean pumpkins and goblins to many, but to healthcare providers, October signifies the start of flu season. While the flu doesn’t usually peak until December thru February, experts say now is the time to get a flu shot.

“A flu shot is the best way to protect yourself and your family during the flu season,” said Jonathan Grein, MD, Cedars-Sinai’s medical director of Hospital Epidemiology. “Because it can take up to two weeks for the vaccine to provide protection against flu, the time to get the shot is before the flu season clicks into high gear.”

Flu vaccines are important to your health, providing benefits such as reducing doctor’s visits, preventing missed days of school or work and minimizing flu-related illnesses and hospitalizations, Grein said.

There is never a guarantee that the flu shot will fully protect people from the strains in circulation, as the flu can change from year to year, and medical professionals have to prepare the shots months in advance. Nevertheless, Grein said, even if the vaccine isn’t a perfect match, it can still provide protection and can lessen the severity of illness if you do get sick.

Because of Cedars-Sinai’s commitment to keeping the community healthy, the health system is offering numerous opportunities for Angelenos to receive free flu shots. During October and November, Cedars-Sinai’s Community Health and Education Department will be offering the vaccine for no charge at community events, including:

Oct. 17, 9 a.m.-noon
West Hollywood Disabilities Resource Fair
West Hollywood Community Center/Plummer Park
7377 Santa Monica Blvd.
West Hollywood, CA 90046

Oct. 20, 11 a.m.-3 p.m.
Del Rey Day Health Fair
Glen Alla Park
4601 Alla Rd.
Marina del Rey, CA 90292

Oct. 26, noon-4 p.m.
Capitol Drugs, Cedars-Sinai and Los Angeles County Health Department
Capitol Drugs
8578 Santa Monica Blvd.
West Hollywood, CA 90069

Oct. 27, 10 a.m.-noon
Cedars-Sinai Flu Shot Clinic
Spielberg building
8700 Beverly Blvd.
Los Angeles, CA 90048

Oct. 29, 10-11:30 a.m.
Health and Wellness Day
West Hollywood Community Center/ Plummer Park
7377 Santa Monica Blvd.
West Hollywood, CA 90046

Nov 3, 11:30 a.m.-1 p.m.
88th Street Temple Church of God in Christ
8825 Vermont Ave.
Los Angeles, CA 90044

Nov. 10, 9-10:30 a.m.
Young Israel of Century City
9317 W. Pico Blvd.
Los Angeles, CA 90035

At many of the community flu shot events, Cedars-Sinai healthcare professionals will be offering other health screenings such as blood pressure, glucose and cholesterol screenings, in addition to flu shots.

“It is important that the flu vaccine and other crucial health screening are accessible to everyone,” said Michele Rigsby Pauley, interim director of Cedars-Sinai Community Health and Education. “It is especially important for our elderly, particularly those without regular access to healthcare, as the flu can become a life-threatening event for seniors.”

Young children also are vulnerable to the flu. The vaccine is recommended for anyone 6 months or older. Cedars-Sinai’s COACH for Kids Mobile Medical Clinics offer free flu shots for eligible children. For more information regarding the COACH schedule and eligibility, call 1-888-9-COACH-9.

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WeHo Calendar: Changes to City’s Upcoming Scheduled Events

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WEST HOLLYWOOD– The city has announced that due to safety concerns, a number of events sponsored by WeHo will be cancelled until further notice. The City urges people to practice social distancing as much as possible, keeping exposure to crowds to a minimum.

Sunday, March 15

2:00 PM (Cancelled) NOW- Hollywood Chapter presents ‘The TransVagina Diaries’ by Lindsey Deaton

2:00 PM (Cancelled) REVIVING THE REVOLUTION: Empowered Lesbians and Queer Women of Color Read and Discuss Their Written Works

Monday, March 16

9:00 AM (Cancelled) Helen Albert Certified Farmers’ Market

6:30 PM City Council Meeting

Tuesday, March 17

6:30 PM (Cancelled) 5th Annual Hollywood NOW Herstory Awards & Reception

7:00 PM (Cancelled) Russian Advisory Board

Wednesday, March 18

6:00 PM (Cancelled) Wednesday Night Social Club

6:30 PM (Cancelled) Transportation Commission

Thursday, March 19

2:00 PM (Cancelled) beWellWeHo: UCLA Memory Training

5:00 PM (Cancelled) Urban Art Subcommittee Meeting

5:30 PM (Cancelled) Long Range Planning Projects Subcommittee – Special Meeting

6:30 PM Planning Commission – Special Meeting

Friday, March 20

No events scheduled

Saturday, March 21

9:00 AM (Cancelled) Annual Arbor Day Celebration

11:30 AM (Cancelled) “Play Ball” Skills Clinics and Home Run Derby

For a look at the entire month visit our website calendar.

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WeHo JFS Service Changes For Seniors and Others Due to Virus

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WEST HOLLYWOOD — The City of West Hollywood is taking every precaution to prioritize community health and well being to respond to coronavirus disease (COVID-19).

The City is getting the word out about updates regarding services for seniors at the West Hollywood Comprehensive Services Center at Plummer Park and services available from Jewish Family Service of Los Angeles (JFS)

  • JFS has immediately cancelled all activities at the West Hollywood Comprehensive Services Center at Plummer Park until April 10, 2020 as a precaution to safeguard health and safety and JFS will make assessments as the situation evolves;
  • The JFS meal site will provide a frozen meal for each client coming to its meal sites on Monday, March 16, 2020 and Tuesday, March 17, 2020 and the organization anticipates providing additional meals for clients in order to minimize client contact and support recommendations for social distancing;
  • Additionally, SOVA, the JFS food pantry, located on Pico and Robertson Boulevards, continues to remain open for community members.

The JFS West Hollywood Comprehensive Service Center remains a vital resource for seniors and people with disabilities and it will continue to be operational at this time. Operated by Jewish Family Service of Los Angeles (JFS), funded in large part by the City of West Hollywood, and located in the community center at Plummer Park, the Center is a one-stop source of support and assistance.

In response to concerns about coronavirus, JFS requests that community members contact the Center by phone instead of in person. Currently, case managers are reaching out to connect with clients and assess needs. For more information, please call (323) 851-8202.

For additional information about social services in the City of West Hollywood, please call (323) 848-6510.

The City of West Hollywood will post updates on its website at weho.org/coronavirus. The City is updating its calendar and information will be available at weho.org/calendar.

For updates from the Los Angeles County Department of Public Health about Coronavirus, please visit publichealth.lacounty.gov/media/Coronavirus.

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Seniors in Action: Community + Connection + Conversation – Mar 24

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WEST HOLLYWOOD — The City of West Hollywood Seniors in Action: Community + Connection + Conversation is an active on-going program for residents.

It offers activities that provide engaging opportunities for participants to learn something new, contribute their talents and experience, and deepen their connection to the West Hollywood community.

Refreshments will be served. Presented by the West Hollywood Comprehensive Services Center in collaboration with the City of West Hollywood and its Senior Advisory Board.

Attendance is free and open to the public; RSVPs are not necessary.

Tuesday, March 24, 2020 from 2 p.m. to 3:30 p.m. at the West Hollywood Library Community Meeting Room, located at 625 N. San Vicente Boulevard.

For more information, please contact Corey Roskin at (323) 848-6403 or croskin@weho.org or Valentina Aleksandrova at (323) 876-1717 or aleksandrova@jfsla.org.

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