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Flu Shot Clinic Proves Popular
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Riverbank residents are eager to get their flu shots, judging by a long line of them straggling out the door of the Riverbank Community Center at Friday's Senior Koffee Klatch.

Three organizations were at work inside. Stanislaus County Public Health Agency was giving seasonal flu shots, the Stanislaus Elder Abuse Prevention Alliance (SEAPA) was handing out coffee and information for senior citizens and the Salvation Army was distributing bags of groceries.

The seasonal flu shots seemed to be the biggest draw and accounting for the line reaching out the door and at one time almost down to Seventh Street.

Nurses reported they brought 350 doses of vaccine with them and used all of them, said a clinic official. That compares with only 150 shots administered in the same place last year.

There are still a few Public Health Agency clinics coming up in Modesto, at the Empire School District offices on Nov. 12, at the Diabetic Health Fair at Modesto Center Plaza on Nov. 13 and at Shiloh School District offices on Nov. 17. For more information call 209-558-8872.

While SEAPA hosted the event, the sponsors included the City of Riverbank, its Parks and Recreation Department, Riverbank Oakdale Transit Authority, WestAmerica Bank and Catholic Charities.

These and other groups had tables set up and were dispensing verbal and written information on various subjects of interest to senior citizens.

The topics ranged from identity theft, elder abuse and crime prevention programs to the public bus services of ROTA and StaRT to the specialized telephones offered by California Telephone Access program to the health insurance counseling and advocacy program offered by the Department of Aging & Veterans Services.

There was even the diversion of a drawing for free door prizes donated by the agencies and businesses in attendance.

Meanwhile, on the other side of the room, Salvation Army representatives were lining up rows of brown paper bags stuffed with food provided under the Commodities Supplemental Food Program of the Department of Agriculture. That too was very popular with those whose low income qualified them for the free food.