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Get Your Flu Shot While Supplies Last
Influenza is at epidemic levels in many areas across the country, and is increasing in Southern California. It is now even more important that all individuals receive a flu shot this year. The Long Beach Health Department is providing flu shots (while supplies last) on a walk-in basis for anyone age 10 and older as follows:
Wednesday, January 30 1 pm to 4 pm
Thursday, January 31 9 am to noon and 3 pm to 6 pm
Friday, February 1 9 am to noon and 1 pm to 4 pm
Vaccine is also available on a limited supply to children from age 6 months through 9 years of age by appointment with the Health Department by calling 562.570.4315, or by coming to the walk-in clinic on Thursday, January 31, from 3 pm to 6 pm where the child vaccine will also be made available. The Health Department is located at 2525 Grand Ave., Long Beach, CA 90815.
The flu shot this year has been determined to be an excellent match to prevent this year's strain of flu. Protect yourself and your family by getting a flu shot. If you are on Medi-Care, just bring your card.
According to Federal Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), the flu is one of the leading causes of death in the nation among people in all age groups. The American Academy of Pediatrics and the CDC recommend annual seasonal flu vaccine for all children age 6 months to 18 years.
The Health Department also recommends that all persons practice healthy habits to prevent them from getting or transmitting the flu:
- Avoid close contact with people who are sick,
- Stay home from work or school if you are sick,
- Cover mouth and nose with a tissue when you cough or sneeze,
- Wash hands with soap and water or use hand sanitizer frequently,
- Avoid touching your eyes, nose, and mouth, and
- Eat healthy food, drink plenty of water, take vitamins, exercise, get plenty of rest, do not smoke, and avoid alcoholic beverages.
The Health Department's vaccination information Shot Line is updated periodically with flu vaccine information, and may be reached at 562.570-SHOT (570.7468). For more information about flu disease and prevention, please visit www.longbeach.gov/health.
Sign Up for Legislative Alerts
The City of Long Beach is pleased to announce that residents can now create "keyword" legislative alerts to stay informed of City Council agenda actions and legislative polices on a routine basis. When a keyword legislative alert is created, the City's legislative system will send an email notification that the weekly City Council agenda contains a relevant staff recommendation. Legislative alert keywords can be set by subject (examples: water, public safety, health, planning, permit, or business) or by Council District office. To create a legislative alert account, review this 3 minute video: Legislative Alert Tutorial Video. Instructions on creating a legislative alert are at this link: Legislative Alert Citizen Guide.
Should you require further assistance, call Larry Herrera, City Clerk, at (562) 570-6489.
PS: Reminder - Agendas for City Council and other boards and commissions can be found at: Legistar InSite Page. City Council agendas are posted to the web 8 days (Monday afternoons) in advance of each council meeting, with a final publication each preceding Friday afternoon.
Join the Los Cerritos Wetlands Land Trust for Some Upcoming Events
The upcoming general meeting will be all about the ongoing planning and preparation for the comprehensive restoration of Los Cerritos Wetlands.
As part of a 2-year long conceptual restoration planning project, four public workshops have already been held by the Los Cerritos Wetlands Authority to gather input from the community on how best to restore these wetlands. However, while we have begun the journey, we are not all the way there yet and need your help. That's why the Los Cerritos Wetlands Land Trust is glad to provide the community with an update regarding this project. To learn how you can do your part to make sure Los Cerritos Wetlands gets the best restoration plan possible, a plan that takes into account the input of the community, please attend our upcoming meeting and learn further details.
What: Los Cerritos Wetlands General Meeting about the community-based planning process that is currently going on for Los Cerritos Wetlands. www.lcwlandtrust.org
Special Guest Speaker: Eric Zahn, Restoration Ecologist, Tidal Influence, LLC (www.tidalinfluence.com) and member of Moffatt and Nichols's (www.moffattnichol.com) consultant team working on the wetlands restoration process for the Los Cerritos Wetlands Authority (www.lcwetlands.org).
When: 7:00 PM - 9:00 PM, Tuesday, January 29th, 2013.
Where (NOTE OUR NEW MEETING LOCATION!):
550 Silvera Ave.
Long Beach, CA 90803
For more information or to rsvp, contact Elizabeth at 714/357-8576 or via email at firstname.lastname@example.org
Sea Turtle Walk of Los Cerritos Wetlands
Join us on Saturday, when local biologists Eric Zahn and Taylor Parker will be leading us (and you too, we hope) on one of our most popular tours of our local wetlands. We will walk along the San Gabriel River, march over the bridge that crosses the river at Pacific Coast Highway, through Zedler Marsh, Calloway Marsh, past the Pumpkin Patch land and then back to our meeting place. This tour will
provide attendees with a rare view of the wetlands that most of us have not had a chance to see.
Did you know that due to the warm water discharged by the AES and Haynes power plants, a portion of the river has been attracting green sea turtles? While we worry about the effect of the artificially warm water on local sea life, we cannot help but be excited that these unexpected sea turtles have decided to take up residence in our local river. Come on the tour with us and learn more about the interesting plants and animals that live here now, and how a restored and flourishing wetlands will be an even better resource for animals and people alike
What: Sea Turtle Walk of Los Cerritos Wetlands along the San Gabriel River
When: Saturday, February 2nd, 8:00AM -10:00AM.
Where (and wear)
: Meet at the driveway/inland entrance to Los Cerritos Wetlands on the corner of 1st Street and PCH at the Long Beach/Seal Beach border. (There will be signs.) Close-toed shoes; and kids under 16 must be accompanied by an adult. We will be walking a couple of miles on a sometimes uneven surface, so be prepared for that. Furthermore, once we start on our tour, we will be walking behind closed gates, so there can be no returning until the walk is finished.
For more information or to RSVP for a spot on this tour, please email email@example.com or call 714/357-8576.
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