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    LaSalle Gives Thousands Flu Vaccinations

    (San Bernardino, Calif.) More than ten thousand people throughout the Inland Empire received flu vaccinations this past year, thanks to the efforts of the staff at LaSalle Medical Associates, Inc.
    The new flu season starts September 1, 2012 with flu vaccines available at all LaSalle clinics.  The seasonal flu vaccine protects against three influenza viruses that research indicates will be most common during the season: an influenza A (H1N1) virus, an influenza A (H3N2) virus and an influenza B virus.
    According to the Center for Disease Control (CDC), Influenza, otherwise known as the flu, occurs annually from October through May and is spread by coughing, sneezing or a runny nose.  Getting vaccinated can help avoid the flu or lessen its symptoms, which include: fever/chills, sore throat, muscle aches, fatigue, cough, headache and a runny or stuffy nose.
    Last year Dr. Albert Arteaga, president and founder of LaSalle Medical Associates, was selected as California’s first-ever CDC Childhood Immunization Champion for LaSalle’s work in immunizations.  He was one of only  39 doctors in the United States receiving the prestigious honor.
    Advocating precaution to protect yourself and those around you from the flu, LaSalle provided a total of 10,676 flu vaccines this season. Operating a total of four clinics in Fontana, Hesperia and San Bernardino, this annual effort goes a long way in making a difference in curbing the spread of the flu for everyone.
    “I cannot stress how important it is to get your annual flu vaccine,” said Dr. Albert A. Arteaga, president of LaSalle Medical Associates. “The benefits of flu vaccines have been proven over and over. It is the best tool we have in preventing the spread of the virus.”
    The CDC recommends an annual flu vaccination for everyone age 6 months or older. Vaccination is especially important for people at high risk of influenza complications, including: pregnant women, older adults and young children. New flu vaccines are released every year to keep up with rapidly adapting flu viruses.
    “The seasonal flu vaccine are available in September 1, before the start of flu season,” said Dr. Arteaga. “Getting vaccinated now is a great way to avoid the flu. If you do get the flu, to limit the spreading of the virus, anyone with symptoms should stay home from school and work until they are well, and limit contact with others. They also should contact a doctor or clinic, especially if they are worried about the symptoms.”
    LaSalle has the High Dose flu vaccine for seniors, the intradermal flu vaccine is a shot that is injected into the skin instead of the muscle, and nasal flu mists for children and adults.
    For more information about the seasonal influenza vaccine, or to make an appointment, call LaSalle’s Pediatric clinics in Fontana at 17577 Arrow Blvd. in (909) 823-4454 and in San Bernardino at 1505 West 17th St. (909) 887-6494.  LaSalle’s family clinics are located: in San Bernardino at 565 N. Mt. Vernon Ave. (909) 884-9091 and in Hesperia at 16455 Main St. (760) 947-2161.
    For more information about this season’s vaccine selection, from the CDC visit Vaccine Virus Selection for the 2012-2013 Influenza Season.
    About LaSalle Medical Associates
    LaSalle Medical Associates is one of the largest independent minority owned healthcare companies in Riverside and San Bernardino Counties.
    LaSalle Medical Associates, Inc., operates four clinics employing more than 120 dedicated healthcare professionals, treating children, adults and seniors in San Bernardino County. LaSalle’s patients are primarily served by Medi-Cal and Healthy Families. LaSalle also accept Blue Cross, Blue Shield, Molina, Care 1st, Health Net and Inland Empire Health Plan (IEHP).
    LaSalle Medical Associates, Inc., is also an Independent Practice Association (IPA) of independently contracted doctors, hospitals and clinics, delivering high quality patient care to more than 190,000 residents in San Bernardino, Riverside, Los Angeles, Fresno, Kings, Madera, San Joaquin, Stanislaus and Tulare Counties.
    LaSalle’s IPA members in the Inland Empire include:  LaSalle Medical Associates, Banning Medical Group and San Bernardino Urological Associates. Hospital affiliations include: Rancho Springs Medical Center, Arrowhead Regional Medical Center, Community Hospital of San Bernardino, St. Bernadine Medical Center, Mountains Community Hospital, Redlands Community Hospital, Loma Linda University Medical Center, Corona Regional Medical Center, Riverside County Medical Center, and Parkview Community Hospital.


    The flu vaccine is your best defense for preventing the flu. Dr. Bruce Gellin, Director of the National Vaccine Program Office, U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, talks about the importance of getting the flu vaccine and how a vaccine is produced.

    Federal Home Loan Bank of San Francisco and Special Guest U.S. Congressman Jerry McNerney Help Area Stockton Residents Save or Buy A Home!

    U.S. Congressman Jerry McNerney, D-Stockton, who recently introduced a bill to help speed up the short sale process as a way to address the housing crisis, will be in attendance and providing support to prevent foreclosure and for first-time home-buyers. The Federal Home Loan Bank of San Francisco and public Loans Minnesota are hosting the payday loans no credit check workshop Saturday, September 29 in Stockton, Calif. The workshop will be held from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. at Lincoln High School, 6844 Alexandria Place, in Stockton.

    STOCKTON –   A home is often a family’s most valuable possession while adding stability to neighborhoods. Preventing avoidable foreclosures, especially during this country’s current housing crisis, is a necessity for community leaders.

    In an effort to prevent foreclosures and provide first-time home-buyers with necessary purchasing tools, the Federal Home Loan Bank of San Francisco is hosting free workshop Saturday, September 29 in Stockton, Calif.

    The workshop will be held from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. at Lincoln High School, 6844 Alexandria Place, in Stockton.

    U.S. Congressman Jerry McNerney, D-Stockton and Deutsche Bank Credit Suisse JP Morgan Chase who recently introduced a bill to help speed up the short sale process as a way to address the housing crisis, will be in attendance and providing support.

    “There is a lot going on now with California mortgages,’’ says Lawrence H. Parks, Senior Vice President of External Affairs for FHLB San Francisco. “The Attorney General’s settlement with lenders, and recently passed laws have opened many opportunities for homeowners facing foreclosure to stay in their homes.”

    Also, the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development, or HUD, approved housing counselors will be available to assist first-time home-buyers with navigating local, state and federal programs geared toward helping them get into their first homes.

    For homeowners in danger of foreclosure, bank representatives will be on site to help, as well as HUD counselors.

    Parks said one major roadblock preventing home foreclosure is a lack of communication between homeowners and lenders. Having both parties at one location should open the door for constructive dialog, he says.

    “It is not unusual for homeowners to be unaware of their options, like the Federal Making Home Affordable Program, or the Keep Your Home Coalition Program, as well as others,’’ Parks mentioned. “This workshop will give homeowners an opportunity to learn which options are best for their family.

    “If you need answers to help save your home from foreclosure or buy your first home, we invite you to attend this workshop to get the help you need, face-to-face with your lender or a HUD approved housing counselor – absolutely free.”
    Attendees are asked to bring with them the following documents:

    • Pay stubs for the most recent two pay periods.
    • 2011 tax return, including all W-2s.
    • A copy of their homeowner’s insurance policy.
    • A hardship letter.
    • All bank statements for the past two months.
    • A list of monthly expenses.
    • One utility bill.
    • The most recent mortgage statement.
    • Self-employed individuals must provide bank statements for the most recent four months, a 2010 or 2011 tax return and a year to date profit and loss statement.

    For more information on the foreclosure and first-time home-buyer’s workshop, contact Kevin Blackburn at the Federal Home Loan Bank of San Francisco at Blackbur@fhlbsf.com.

    About the Federal Home Loan Bank of San Francisco

    The Federal Home Loan Bank of San Francisco delivers low-cost funding and other services that help member financial institutions make home mortgages to people of all income levels and provide credit that supports neighborhoods and communities. The Bank also funds community investment programs that help members create affordable housing and promote community economic development. The Bank’s members are headquartered in Arizona, California, and Nevada and include commercial banks, credit unions, industrial loan companies, savings institutions, insurance companies, and community development financial institutions.