Every year, Centro de la Comunidad in New London coordinates with local health organizations to supply low cost, or sometimes free, flu shots to employees, clients and the general public, according to Executive Director Elizabeth Garcia Gonzalez.
She finds that some people are leery about receiving the shots. “We have the nurse provide information, but some feel uncomfortable,” she said, “It’s more of the middle-age and older adults that don’t take it.”
Gonzalez is also planning informational presentations about vaccinations for clients in hopes to alleviate any fears. “They fear that if they take the vaccination, it may make things worse,” she said. One employee at Centro de la Comunidad was instructed by her doctor not to take flu shots because she would have a serious reaction, she noted.
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