McHenry traffic likely to snarl near free flu shot clinic

If you’re out and about today in Modesto, you should avoid McHenry Avenue, especially near Briggsmore Avenue.

Traffic is already heavy there this morning, and expected to get a lot worse, as about 6,000 residents are expected to take advantage of the free H1N1 flu vaccinations being given at Centenery United Methodist Church, which sits a block north of the busy intersection.

Lt. Scott Blom of the Modesto Police Department said there will be officers out there today to help direct traffic, but that it would be best to steer clear if you aren’t getting the flu shot.

The vaccinations will be given from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. at the church at 1911 Toyon Ave.

The shots are for residents ages 6 months and older. Those attending will be asked to show proof of a Stanislaus County address. Preservative-free vaccine is available for pregnant women.

Wear a short-sleeved shirt layered under warm clothing, because people may have to wait in lines outdoors.Another vaccination clinic will be offered from noon to 6 p.m. Jan. 14 at the Assyrian American Civic Center, 2618 N. Golden State Blvd., Turlock.

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