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The Health and Wellness Ministry of St. Bartholomew's Episcopal Church will host a Flu Shot Clinic on Sunday, Sept. 30, form 9 a.m. until noon in St. Bartholomew's Parish Hall. The flu shots will be provided by Palomar Health.

The 2012-2013 vaccine will provide protection against an A/H1N1-like virus, an A/H3N2-like virus, and an influenza B-like virus. It takes up to two weeks for protection to develop after the shot, and protection lasts six-months to one year. Everyone 18 years of age or older is encouraged to get a flu shot. It is especially important for:

* seniors 50 and older;

* pregnant women (Thimerosal-free vaccine -- you must have a note from your physician);

* people 18 years and older with chronic conditions;

* parents or caregivers of children younger than 6 months;

* persons who live with or care for persons at high risk.

The cost is $20 for all people between 18 and 65 years. If you have a financial hardship, arrangements will be made for a free vaccine.

Palomar Health System will bill Medicare for those patients who have straight Medicare, Medicare with supplement or Tricare for Life. Those eligible must bring their Medicare and insurance cards. They are unable to bill Medicare Advantage plans. You will pay at the clinic and then submit for reimbursement from your insurance. Call your insurance company for details.

St. Bartholomew’s Episcopal Church is located on 16275 Pomerado Road in Poway.

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