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Free flu shots Thursday morning at Legacy Meridian Park

PHOTO COURTESY OF LEGACY HEALTH - A young patient prepares to get a flu vaccination at one of last year's free clinics offered by Legacy Health.Legacy Meridian Park Medical Center is offering a free flu shot clinic Thursday morning.

The Tualatin hospital, one of five in the Portland area operated by Legacy Health, is providing vaccinations from 7 a.m. to 11 a.m., while supplies last. Anyone older than six months of age can stop by during that time and receive a free vaccination against influenza. The virus frequently makes the rounds during the cold-weather season.

Vaccinations for people 12 and older against tetanus, diphtheria and pertussis, also known as whooping cough, will also be offered for free. Pertussis is a highly contagious disease that is especially dangerous to infants, who often catch it from adult family members.

Legacy Emanuel Medical Center and Legacy Good Samaritan Medical Center in Portland offered free flu shot clinics on Monday and Tuesday respectively. Legacy Mount Hood Medical Center in Gresham had its free clinic Wednesday evening.

The fifth Legacy hospital in the Portland area, Legacy Salmon Creek Medical Center in Vancouver, Wash., will offer free shots from 3 p.m. to 7 p.m. Friday.

Legacy Meridian Park is located at 19300 S.W. 65th Ave., Tualatin.