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Sanofi Pasteur Brings Fluzone® Intradermal Vaccine Coop De Quill VacciNation Tour To San Francisco Walgreens To Raise Awareness About Importance Of Annual Flu Immunization And Vaccine Options For Adults

SWIFTWATER, Pa. and SAN FRANCISCO, Oct. 5, 2012 /PRNewswire/ -- Sanofi Pasteur will bring its Fluzone ® Intradermal Vaccine Coop de Quill VacciNation Tour to San Francisco this Saturday, Oct. 6, as part of its cross-country efforts to raise awareness about the seriousness of influenza and the various vaccine options that are available for adults 18 through 64 years of age this flu season.

In an effort to help improve flu immunization rates, Sanofi Pasteur's Fluzone Intradermal Vaccine Coop de Quill VacciNation Tour will visit the Walgreens at 1333 Castro St. in San Francisco for a flu clinic event. The event intends to educate adults about available vaccine options and encourage annual influenza immunization.

"The one thing we know about flu season is that it's unpredictable, and the single most important thing people can do to help prevent getting or spreading the flu is to get their annual flu vaccination," said Melanie Malee, Walgreens market pharmacy director. "These events are an opportunity to talk with customers and others in the community about influenza and which vaccine option may be right for them. Helping protect more people from the flu is one of the ways we aim to help customers get, stay and live well."

According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), everyone six months of age and older should receive an annual influenza vaccination, yet only 30 percent of adults in California 18 through 64 years of age were immunized during the 2010-2011 flu season, leaving far too many unprotected and at risk for spreading the virus to those at high-risk like young children and older adults.

Results from a recent national telephone survey of 663 adults revealed these low rates highlight a disconnect between fear and action, as two out of every three (67 percent) adults 18 through 64 years of age said if they had influenza, they fear spreading the virus to their loved ones, yet three in five (61 percent) adults said they are not vaccinated annually.

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