School of Nursing to Begin Public Flu Clinics Oct. 5

September 20, 2006

With a solid vaccine supply in hand, the University of Rochester’s School of Nursing’s Center for Nursing Entrepreneurship (formerly Community Nursing Center) is set to launch its public and corporate flu clinic schedule for 2006 at the annual Senator Alesi Health Fair Oct. 5 at the Dome Center in Henrietta. In all, the non profit flu clinic provider plans to hold approximately two dozen public and 100 corporate flu clinics over the next few months, so long as vaccine supply holds steady.   

Though last year’s flu season was mild, health officials are unable to forecast the severity of the upcoming flu season, and therefore encourage all eligible residents to obtain a flu shot. This is especially true for people 50 and over, children six to 59 months of age, and those with a greater risk of complications from the flu including pregnant women, and people of any age with certain medical conditions such as asthma, heart disease or diabetes.

Medicare, Excellus and Preferred Care managed care products cover the cost of receiving a flu shot; insurance ID cards are necessary for proof of insurance. Otherwise, there is a $30 fee for the vaccine. Center for Nursing Entrepreneurship clinics are for people nine years and older. Children under 18 must be accompanied by a parent or legal guardian. A list of all public clinics, along with detailed information on the flu, can be obtained at http://www.rochesterflu.org/, or by calling 275-0636.

OCTOBER PUBLIC FLU CLINICS

DATE           TIME                       LOCATION

Oct. 5      10 am – 4 pm      Dome  Center – Minet Hall, 2695 East Henrietta Rd.

Oct. 6      9 am – 6 pm        Greece Town Hall – 1 Vince Tofany Blvd. (off Long Pond Rd.)

Oct. 9      9 am – 1 pm         Hegedorn’s – 964 Ridge Road, Webster

Oct. 10    9 am – 6 pm        Brighton Recreation Center – 220 Idlewood Avenue (off S. Clinton)

Oct. 12    9 am – 6 pm        Italian American Community Center – 150 Frank Dimino Way, Gates (off Manitou Road)

Oct. 13    9 am – 6 pm        Greece Town Hall, 1 Vince Tofany Blvd. (off Long Pond Rd.)

Oct. 15    9 am – 4 pm         Mendon Fire District – 101 Mendon-Ionia Rd., Mendon

Oct. 16    9 am – 6 pm         Brighton Recreation Center – 220 Idlewood Ave. (off S. Clinton)

Oct. 16   9 am – 1 pm          Hegedorn’s – 964 Ridge Road, Webster

Oct. 17   9 am – 6 pm          Dome Center – Minet Hall, 2695 East Henrietta Road

Oct. 19   9 am – 6 pm           Italian American Community Center – 150 Frank Dimino Way, Gates (off Manitou Road)

Oct. 20  9 am – 6 pm            Perinton Community Center – 1350 Turk Hill Road, Fairport

Oct. 22  9 am – 4 pm            Laurelton Fire Dept. – 405 Empire Blvd., Irondequoit

Oct. 24  9 am – 6 pm            Dome Center – Minet Hall, 2695 East Henrietta Road

Oct. 25  11 am – 7 pm          Finger Lakes Gaming & Racetrack – 5857 Route 96, Canandaigua

Oct. 26  9 am – 6 pm            Perinton Community Center – 1350 Turk Hill Road, Fairport

Background on Influenza

The flu, or influenza, is a respiratory illness that is easily spread from person to person. Symptoms include: fever, sore throat, muscle ache, chills and headache. Peak influenza activity usually occurs from late December through March. Each year, approximately 36,000 people die from flu or its complications and about 226,000 hospitalizations occur. A new flu shot is developed each year based upon the strains of flu expected to be circulating. In addition to getting a flu shot, health officials stress other preventive measures such as thorough and frequent hand washing and staying home if ill with respiratory symptoms, to prevent exposing others.

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