Flu Shots

Saturday 12 November 2005, 7:25 pm

Don Schottman suggested we get flu shots before going to Mississippi. He said he came home with the flu. He was in Mississippi only three weeks after Hurricane Katrina.

We had been thinking about getting flu shots for a while. CityTeam said we needed only Hepatitis A and B and Tetanus TD. But they said some others were also getting Typhoid shots. We could not find a source for Typhoid shots. Web sites were mixed ... some relief agencies say Typhoid shots are not necessary, while others refuse to send you unless you have taken them. We have chosen not to because there is no time to find them.

Anyway, by snooping around on the Longs Drugs web site, I found these links:

Centers For Disease Control: http://www.cdc.gov/flu/

American Lung Association Flu Clinic Locator: http://www.flucliniclocator.org/

We found that in the San Jose area, flu shots are being offered at Valley Fair mall and Oakridge mall on Fridays, Saturdays, and Sundays from 11:00 am to 4:00 pm.

We went to Valley Fair but the line was quite long ... 40 people or more. Mary timed them at about 2-1/2 minutes per person. This was on Friday November 11, and we had forgotten that this would be a school holiday. Valley Fair was packed.

We left and went to Oakridge instead. There were only about 12 people in line there, and the line went much more quickly, only about one minute per person. We easily made up whatever time we had lost by driving from one mall to the other.

We met a nice woman named Marge. (I forgot her last name.) Marge goes to Los Gatos Christian Church and she knows my Aunt Katie and Uncle Phil, who is an usher at the church. She was happy to get information about CityTeam's relief efforts. CityTeam had made an appearance at her church also, but she hadn't got all the information.

You can find more information about CityTeam here: http://www.cityteam.org