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Drive or walk-thru clinic will be at Rosewood Initiative on Stark St. to help folks stay healthy

COURTESY ART: PEARSON SCOTT FORESMAN ON WIKIMEDIA COMMONS - Free flu shots will be available for about 200 people starting at noon Tuesday, Dec. 8, at Rosewood Initiative.

Free flu shots will be available at a drive-thru clinic at the Rosewood Initiative community center Tuesday, Dec. 8.

Residents are invited to drive through, bike or walk up to receive a free flu shot from noon to 6 p.m. The clinic will have about 200 shots on hand in the parking lot of the Rosewood Initiative, at 16126 S.E. Stark St.

"I encourage residents to take advantage of this opportunity," Multnomah County Commissioner Lori Stegmann said in a statement. She represents the Rosewood and Rockwood neighborhoods.

"Getting a flu shot is one of the most important things we can do to protect our families and communities right now," she said.

The Multnomah County Racial and Ethnic Approaches to Community Health (REACH) Program in partnership with Multnomah County Communicable Disease Services and The Rosewood Initiative are providing the service.

"Multnomah County's REACH Program works to support a culture of Black health," said REACH Program Manager Charlene McGee in the announcement.

"We want to help people protect themselves, their families and their community. Flu vaccine is a safe way to prevent illnesses, so that our health care systems aren't overwhelmed with patients. Getting a flu vaccine this year is more important than ever, given the COVID-19 pandemic," she added.

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention recommends everyone 6 months of age and older receive an annual flu shot.

"We have been one of the hardest hit communities and so we're excited that Multnomah County is partnering with us to bring preventative resources to our neighbors," said Rosewood Initiative Executive Director Sabrina Wilson.

"Resources like getting a free flu vaccine will help to protect us and our loved ones, and as a new mom myself, it is so important."

For those unable to get to Rosewood on Dec. 8, people also can get flu shots at doctor's offices, clinics and some pharmacies.

Folks without a regular doctor also can call the Multnomah County Primary Care Clinics at 503-988-5558 to enroll and become a patient to receive the flu vaccine and access to other services.

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