It’s important, especially this year: Get a flu shot!

Sad news: Yesterday, the first confirmed influenza death in Long Beach for the 2013-2014 flu season was reported. The deceased was a 41-year-old man with an underlying medical conditions who died after a brief hospitalization. The Long Beach Health Department Public Health Laboratory confirmed the individual as having the Influenza A pandemic H1N1 strain.

The Health Department continues to encourage flu vaccinations for all people six months of age and older. “There is still time to receive a flu vaccine, which includes coverage for the pandemic H1N1 strain, which is currently the predominant strain of influenza circulating in our region this season,” said Mitchell Kushner, MD, Long Beach’s City Health Officer.

As in the 2009-10 influenza season, this strain of flu seems to affect a younger population that may not feel the need to receive their annual flu shot. The Health Department is still offering flu vaccinations at its location at 2525 Grand Avenue in Long Beach. Schedule an appointment by calling the Health Department at (562) 570-4315.

An annual flu vaccine is the first and most important step in protecting yourself and your family against the flu. It is also important to practice basic hygiene by remembering the three “Cs” of disease prevention in an effort to help prevent the spread of germs:

Most individuals who get sick are able to treat themselves at home with over-the-counter medications, drinking plenty of fluids, resting, and staying home from work or school. However, people (especially those who are pregnant or have underlying health conditions) who are experiencing flu-like symptoms, should call their healthcare provider. Symptoms may include:

  • A fever higher than 100℉
  • A cough and/or sore throat
  • Shortness of breath or difficulty breathing

People experiencing flu-like symptoms should stay home from work or school and limit contact with others.

For more information, visit The Long Beach Health Department web site or call (562) 570-4000.

You’re Invited to a Fun and Friendly “Pot Luck and Bottle Share” at The Red Leprechaun’s Next “Public House Night”!


Enjoy a fun and friendly “Pot Luck and Bottle Share” at The Red Leprechaun’s next “Public House Night”—this one designed especially for Rose Park Residents, their friends, and family!—on Wednesday, January 22nd, from 6:30p-8:30p.

The Red Leprechaun, Long Beach’s wonderful new Irish pub that opened this past summer in nearby Termino Heights (Anaheim St at Termino Ave), offers special, family-friendly community events on select Wednedays of every month that they call “Public House Nights.” These special Wednesday events are designed to forego profits and instead focus on giving back to the community. They are meant to be a time in which locals can get together, meet one another, discuss their shared interests, and find ways to improve their neighborhood, the city, and places beyond. It’s a time when a pub, which is short for “public house,” makes good on its essential nature: being hospitable and welcoming to all who enter its doors. These Wednesday events are a time to gather and mingle in a friendly and relaxed local space, and have a good time making new friends while doing so.

This coming Wednesday, January 22nd, Proprieter Tracy Ames and General Manager Mark Truzzolino, both of The Red Leprechaun, have partnered with Peter Joseph of the Big red Bus to host a Pot Luck and Bottle Share especially for us residents of Rose Park. It’s easy and simple to participate—simply prepare a favorite dish (sized, if you can, to feed 4-6 people, which translates to 15-20 tastings) or grab a favorite, large-ish, unopened bottle of drink (or do both), and hop on the Big Red Bus for your free ride to the Red Leprechaun’s front door. The trolley will be making round trips between The Red Leprechaun and several stops in both Rose Park South and Rose Park North throughout the evening, which means your travel to and from the pub will be free and easy that evening.

Specific trolley stop locations, one of which will be Rose Park (8th St at Orizaba Ave), will be announced soon.

Don’t forget that this is family-friendly event, so all the kids are welcome!

The only other thing you’re asked to do is contact Tracy or Mark in person if you’ll be at the Red Leprechaun sometime before the 22nd, or call them at (562) 494-8726, and let them know what appetizer, entrĂ©, side dish, dessert, or drink you’ll be bringing to the event that evening.

Our thanks to Tracy and Mark for hosting us on the 22nd, and to Peter for driving us back and forth! We hope to see lots of friendly faces that night!

The Red Leprechaun is located at 4000 E Anaheim St, Long Beach, 90804. You can visit them on the web at