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Cedars-Sinai Gives Free Flu Shots and Health Services at Del Rey Day

With flu season underway, Cedars-Sinai offered free flu immunizations to adults and children at the annual Del Rey Day community fair in Glen Alla Park.

"I'm a firm believer in the flu shot," said attendee Arshia Sajedi after getting her immunization. "It’s a great prevention measure, and the benefits outweigh any mild pain you might experience."

In addition to flu shots, Cedars-Sinai nurses and healthcare professionals offered an array of free health screenings and services for adults and children. They provided blood pressure screenings, nutrition and dental education, a drunk and distracted driving simulation and “Stop the Bleed" lessons for controlling bleeding after a trauma.

Cedars-Sinai Blood Donor Services hosted a community blood drive from a mobile unit parked along Glencoe Avenue. Next door, a COACH for Kids mobile medical clinic offered children's health services in a specialized van that normally brings free healthcare and social services to low-income and medically underserved children and their families in Los Angeles County.

"This is such a wonderful opportunity to bring these clinical services and health education to this part of our community," said Michele Rigsby Pauley, RN, MSN, interim associate director of Cedars-Sinai Community Health and Education. "We were able to tailor our educational programming to meet the needs of this population with topics like electric scooter safety."

Cedars-Sinai co-sponsored Del Rey Day with Councilmember Mike Bonin, the Del Rey Neighborhood Council and other community partners. The day-long celebration helps connect neighbors with city services and resources.

In addition to participating in the celebration at Glen Alla Park, Cedars-Sinai has donated $150,000 for outdoor fitness equipment and improvements such as picnic tables and benches that will be coming to the park next year.

Read more on the Cedars-Sinai blog: How to prepare for flu season