A free annual health fair that starts at 9 a.m. at the downtown Tucson Armory Park Senior Center tomorrow - Thursday Oct. 4 - will include a flu shot clinic.

Tucson Mayor Jonathan Rothschild will set an example, rolling up his sleeve to get a shot after he designates tomorrow Flu + You Day.

One vaccine is good for the entire season. It takes about two weeks for the shot to be effective.

Four Safeway pharmacists will be in attendance to sign in people who want to get immunized. Attendees are asked to bring their insurance card.

The event will go until noon.

Dr. Marlene Bluestein, a geriatrician at Tucson Medical Center, will speak about the importance of the annual influenza vaccination particularly for adults  65 and older.   

Nine out of 10 flu deaths and six of 10 flu hospitalizations occur in people over the age of 65.

And flu shots are covered by Medicare, so seniors don't need to worry about cost.

In addition to flu shots at tomorrow's fair, more than 35 agencies will have a wide range of health information for older adults, including Medicare.

The annual plan enrollment period for Medicare Part D starts Oct. 15 and runs through Dec. 7.

The 14th annual fair is co-hosted by the Pima Council on Aging and the Armory Park Senior Center.

For event information call  Armory Park Senior center at 791- 4865 or visit online at www.pcoa.org.