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February 25, 2014

Anthem Blue Cross to Offer Five Free Flu Vaccine Clinics in San Diego on Wednesday


In response to the deadly flu season where more than 275 Californians have perished from the flu and related complications, Anthem Blue Cross is offering five free flu vaccine clinics in partnership with the County of San Diego on Wednesday, Feb. 26 from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.


The free vaccines are available to the general public, not just Anthem Blue Cross members. There is no charge or co-pay for the vaccines.


When:           10 a.m. to 4 p.m. while supplies last. 100 shots per location.
                     Wednesday, February 26, 2014


Locations:      County of San Diego Health Services Complex
                     3851 Rosecrans St.
                     San Diego, CA 92110


                     Bonita-Sunnyside Branch - County of San Diego Library
                     4375 Bonita Rd.
                     Bonita, CA 91902


                     El Cajon Branch - County of San Diego Library
                     201 E. Douglas
                     El Cajon, CA 92020


                     Encinitas Branch - County of San Diego Library
                     540 Cornish Drive
                     Encinitas, CA 92024


                     Vista Branch - County of San Diego Library
                     700 Eucalyptus Ave.
                     Vista, CA 92084


What:            Free flu vaccine clinic, sponsored by Anthem Blue Cross. The offer is limited to 100 vaccines per location, on a first come, first serve basis. Minors age 4 and above are eligible to get the free vaccine with the consent of a parent or guardian.


Flu Facts:


  • Statewide, there have been 278 confirmed influenza related deaths, reported the California Department of Public Health as of Feb. 21, the most recent information available. Of those 278 deaths, 23 have been confirmed in San Diego County.
  • Public Health officials say the flu season is far from over, and encourage individuals to get the vaccination. As of Feb. 20, CDC officials continued to encourage everyone over the age of 6 months, including pregnant women, to get the flu vaccine.
  • While everyone should get a flu vaccine this season, it’s especially important for some people to get vaccinated. Those people include the following:
    • People who are at high risk of developing serious complications (like pneumonia) if they get sick with the flu
    • People who have certain medical conditions including asthma, diabetes, and chronic lung disease
    • Pregnant women
    • People younger than 5 years (and especially those younger than 2), and people 65 years and older


Wednesday’s flu vaccine clinic is the continuation of Anthem’s efforts to provide vaccines to those in our community. This is the fourth set of free flu vaccine clinics


Anthem has hosted this flu season, with the other two in San Diego and Long Beach. Earlier this year, the Anthem Blue Cross Foundation launched a month-long “Thank You Flu Vaccines” public awareness campaign in both English and Spanish with the California Immunization Coalition (CIC) to encourage seniors to get the flu shot. Motivating seniors to get flu shots by reminding them what activities they’ll be able to partake in if they don’t get sick, the CIC campaign used a mixture of 150 billboards in Los Angeles and Orange counties and 60 billboards in San Diego, bus and bus shelter ads, posters and radio spots to get the message out.


In 2011 and 2012, Anthem distributed hundreds of Whooping Cough vaccines to students who needed the vaccination before they could enroll in the 7th through 12th grades.

Media Contact:
Suzanne Zagata-Meraz
Ph: (707) 273-8054