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Sacramento Polling Place Features 'Mini Health Fair'

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(Sacramento, CA)
Tuesday, November 6, 2012

Alma Miller came out to the polls at Sam Pannell Community Center in South Sacramento for two main reasons today. She wanted to vote for the next president, and on the ballot propositions. Some more than others.

MILLER: "The issues with the schools are very important, because they're our future. And we have to have the funding to education them properly."

Miller and other voters were approached by pharmacy school students and staff, offering free flu shots. Miller took advantage of the opportunity.

MILLER: I have seven grandchildren, from like two months to almost 18, so it's important to protect myself from their germs and to make sure they don't get something like that from me."

Voters also were offered screening for diabetes and other chronic conditions at Panell Community Center this afternoon. Professor Sonya Frausto from California NorthState College of Pharmacy said election day here turned into a mini health-fair.

FRAUSTO: "People who are concerned about our nation most likely are concerned about their health. So this gives them an opportunity to merge the two together."

Volunteers from the Red Cross and Sacramento State School of Nursing helped with the vote and vaccinate effort at two other polling places today.

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